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June 14, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Integrity wishes to express its appreciation to the members of the EC008 Work Group for its report and recommendations to Executive Council in response to the primates' communiqué. We are gratified that four gay and lesbian members of Executive Council—Kim Byham, Bruce Garner, Dottie Fuller, and Winnie Varghese—provided input to the report. We are pleased the report says that:
- Only General Convention can properly deal with the primates "requests" for moratoria on additional LGBT bishops and the blessing same-gender relationships.
- The primates do not have the authority to impose deadlines or make demands on member churches of the Anglican Communion.
- Coercion and political posturing will not lead to reconciliation.
- The Episcopal Church has historically struggled to embrace the marginalized. Today that includes gay and lesbian people.
Integrity also thanks Executive Council for receiving the report by an overwhelming majority.
The Rev. Michael Hopkins, Past President