Monday, 19 November 2007

Diocese of Niagara approves same-sex blessings

2007 Synod of the Diocese of Niagara

Whereas the Diocese of Niagara wishes to express to the House of Bishops and the Council of General Synod the conviction that we believe that God is calling us to move forward now; to wait before the faithful relationships of our gay and lesbian members are blessed by the Church would be unloving and cause further pain and suffering


Whereas the Diocese of Niagara respects and honours those within our Diocese who, because of their theological position or as a matter of conscience, cannot agree with the blessings of same sex unions.

Be it resolved:

That this Synod request the Bishop to allow clergy, whose conscience permits, to bless the duly solemnized and registered civil marriages between same-sex couples, where at least one party is baptized, and to authorize rites for such blessings.

Mover: The Reverend Canon Dr. Margaret Murray
St. Matthias, Guelph

Seconder: Ms. Marilyn Robbins
St. James, Dundas

  • Vote on Motion CLERGY:
  • In favour: 82
  • Opposed:13
  • Abstained:
  • Vote on Motion: LAITY
  • In favour: 157
  • Opposed:40
  • Abstained: 2
  • Motion carried - by 81% of combined houses 18% opposed.
  • Bishop Comments: He and Michael will discuss this with the primate later today. Implementation will be looked at in the days ahead.
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