General Convention moves one step closer toward sacramental marriage equality

California Deputy Christopher Hayes explains his floor amendment to Resolution B012 during debate on July 9. Hayes is wearing purple in honor of Purple Scarf Day, calling for more women in the episcopate. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ Episcopal News Service [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The House of Deputies overwhelming endorsed a heavily amended resolution … More General Convention moves one step closer toward sacramental marriage equality

B012 — “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church” — Adopted by #GC79 Deputies

The Rev. Susan Russell writes: ” “The work of continuing to make the full and equal claim promised LGBTQ Episcopalians in 1976 not just a resolution but a reality continued on legislative day five of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. By an overwhelming majority, the House of Deputies adopted an amended version … More B012 — “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church” — Adopted by #GC79 Deputies

Hope on marriage equality: a sermon by the Rev. Tom Jackson

I remember that day well: July 10, 2012. I was sitting in the section reserved for reporters covering the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a reporter, I had a front row seat as the church slowly moved through the vote on a proposed official liturgy for blessing same-sex unions. As … More Hope on marriage equality: a sermon by the Rev. Tom Jackson

B012 Conservative Response: no room for compromise on marriage equality?

John Bauerschmidt, George Sumner, Jordan Hylden, and Christopher Wells have written a response to the Amended version of B012 which leaves us wondering if conservatives are really willing to extend marriage equality in dioceses where it is not now permitted by their bishop. Nothing in this article suggests a change in position from that is … More B012 Conservative Response: no room for compromise on marriage equality?

Marriage-equality resolutions get long airing during committee hearing

The legislative committee charged with considering changes to the Book of Common Prayer heard from supporters and opponents of Resolution A085, which would strengthen the church’s commitment to sacramental marriage equality. The resolution would require all bishops of the church to make provision for all couples asking to be married to have “reasonable and convenient access” … More Marriage-equality resolutions get long airing during committee hearing