Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Same-sex blessings at Holy Trinity

Church contemplates even performing gay wedding ceremonies
Jun 19, 2007 04:30 AM
Stuart Laidlaw
Faith and Ethics Reporter
Toronto Star

Toronto's historic Church of the Holy Trinity says it will defy any attempt by the Anglican Church of Canada to stop the blessing of same sex unions, and may even start performing the wedding ceremonies themselves.

In a resolution released late Sunday, members of the activist downtown church voted to "continue to exercise its conscience and bless same-sex unions and marry same-sex couples."

Rev. Jim Ferry, fired by the Anglican Church 15 years ago for being gay but since given limited duties at Holy Trinity, says the parish has long supported same sex blessings, and predicted it will soon take the next step of performing a gay marriage ceremony.

"I think we're going to be consistent and move in that direction," Ferry told the Star. "Our parish is not about to go backwards."

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