Mar 11, 2007
Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck, an Anglican priest in the diocese of Saskatoon, was to have his marriage licence suspended after March 31 if he did not reconsider his declaration that he intends to marry gay couples, if asked, said diocesan bishop Rodney Andrews.
"(Mr. Beck’s) right to his views on same-sex marriage are not called into question,” Bishop Andrews said in a statement. “Shawn has declared his intention to step outside the guidelines and requirements of our church at this time. I have encouraged him to reconsider … I am unable to give permission for him to perform same-sex marriages. I have offered to extend his licence beyond March 31 if he is willing to refrain from performing same-sex marriages..."
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