Monday, January 16, 2012

Integrity Applauds Episcopal Diocese of New York

Integrity USA applauds the Convention of the Diocese of New York which adopted by a vast majority the following resolutions regarding marriage equality this past weekend. Thanks in part to the Bishop"s Committeee on LGBT Concerns on which Integrity's Board Member Elisabeth Jacobs sits and Integrity Lifetime Member Michael Cudney is Chair. These resolutions move forward to General Convention 2012.

Here is the resolution:

[ 7 ] RESOLVED, That, the 235th Convention of the Diocese of New York urges the 77th General Convention to revise the current Canons of The Episcopal Church with regard to marriage, to provide for the marriage of same-gender couples in those jurisdictions that have or will have civil
marriage for same-gender couples; and be it further

[ 8 ] RESOLVED, That the Diocese of New York urge General Convention diligently to continue the work called for in its Resolution C056, to "collect and develop theological and liturgical resources" for the blessing for same-gender couples;, and be it further

[ 9 ] RESOLVED, That the Diocese of New York, in light of its continued support of faithful and committed same-gender couples, including the support for civil marriage equality by the 232nd Convention of the Diocese and our Diocesan Bishop and other leaders, encourages the Bishop to interpret Resolution C056 of the 76th General Convention ("bishops, particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are legal, may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of
this Church") to mean that clergy throughout the Diocese are permitted (but not required) to sign marriage licenses and officiate at marriages for couples legally eligible for marriage in the State of New York.

1 comment:

Allen said...

No one seems to have noticed that the third resolution was amended on the floor to say "RESOLVED, That, the 235th Convention of the Diocese of New York, in light of ... etc."
It doesn't make much difference, but it is best to be accurate.