Monday, June 18, 2007

Some Anglican gays switching churches, as same-sex vote looms

Andrea Sands, CanWest News Service; Edmonton Journal
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2007

EDMONTON - While the Anglican Church of Canada prepares to vote this week on whether to let priests bless same-sex couples, a relaxed Christopher McBain is celebrating Edmonton's gay pride week with members of his new church.

The former Anglican marched Saturday in the gay pride parade behind a banner for the Robertson-Wesley United Church, a church that welcomes gay, lesbian and transgendered people.

After 15 years as an Anglican, McBain left that church in April 2006.

"I left because of the gay issue," said McBain, who said he never felt comfortable telling people in the Anglican Church he is gay.

The Anglican church's longtime indecision over the issue has served to alienate supporters on both sides, McBain said.

"I'll certainly celebrate with them if they are able to make a decision in favour of gay and lesbian rights, but it certainly won't affect where I worship. It's too little, too late," said McBain, 27.

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