Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Anglican Church will bless same-sex relationships

From New Zealand-

The Anglican Church has voted in favour of blessing couples in committed same-sex relationships.

It will allow priests to bless same-sex civil marriage or civil unions, but not to carry out same-sex marriage in the Anglican church.

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia's governing body passed the motion by a clear majority in New Plymouth on Wednesday.

While the Tikanga Pasifika arm of the church had said that it was against the blessing of "same-gender relationships", it didn't vote against the motion as it didn't want to hinder the Tikanga Māori and Tikanga Pākehā partners in the church.

The motion provides protection for theological convictions held by bishops, priests and parishes, and won't see any changes to the church's doctrine or its formularies around marriage.

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