Canadian Anglicans affirm 'sanctity' of same-sex couples

A conciliatory message
One day after deferring a decision on whether to bless gay relationships, Canadian Anglicans approved a statement that “affirms the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same-sex relationships”—stirring accusations from traditionalists that attaching “sanctity” to such partnerships is contradictory.

But delegates meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario, at the triennial General Synod governing convention said their June 3 statement was intended to send gay and lesbian Anglicans a conciliatory message in the wake of the vote the day before. Delegates on June 2 had voted to put off the explosive issue of whether to allow individual dioceses to conduct blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples until the next meeting of the General Synod in 2007. A theological commission will study the issue in the meantime.


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