By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Oct. 28 2008 01:16 PM EDT
Episcopalians from a diocese that divided partly over homosexuality overwhelmingly approved a proposal to create a new commission that would support gays and lesbians.
The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin gave the thumbs up to an 'equality commission' during its annual convention, which concluded Sunday.
Delegates voted to create a commission that would include lay and clergy members to support, engage and affirm marginalized communities within the diocese, according to The Episcopal News Service. In this case, the marginalized are identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender persons, as well as women and various ethnic communities, among a few others.
The vote came after conservative Anglicans within the diocese in 2007 became the first diocese to break ties with The Episcopal Church, contending that the national church was departing from Christian orthodoxy and Anglican tradition.
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