Instead of appealing to the national Episcopal church or the bishop to lift his own ban on priests officiating same-sex marriages, lay and clergy members of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee sent the matter to a task force for further study.
More than two-thirds of the delegates at the diocese's Annual Convention on Saturday supported a resolution that directs the diocese's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender task force to assess how Bishop John Bauerschmidt's marriage restrictions affect congregations and clergy in Middle Tennessee.
By passing the resolution, delegates opted not to take up others that more pointedly addressed the ban.
"Our diocesan convention decided it wanted a more reflective and measured process in considering these matters. In turning to the LGBTQ task force to do further work, it decided that a vote that created winners and losers was not in the best interests of the Diocese of Tennessee. We remain a diverse community of faith," said Bauerschmidt, in an email to The Tennessean.
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