The Rt Revd Steven Cottrell, bishop diocesan of the Diocese of Chelmsford, Province of Canterbury in the Church of England has called for the CoE to offer services of Thanksgiving and Eucharists to celebrate the civil marriages of LGBTQ folks in England.
The court ruled that the Washington Law Against Discrimination as applied in this case did not violate any First Amendment rights, guaranteed by the US Constitution. That the law is a neutral, generally applicable law that serves the WA State government’s compelling interest in eradicating discrimination in public accommodations.
The three indigenous bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada have issued a statement expressing disagreement with the decision of this past summer’s General Synod to alter the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage. They also criticised the process by which the motion to alter the marriage canon came about.
Nigel Rowley, an Anglican, married his Danish betrothed, Mikel Lindbæk, in the Lutheran cathedral church of Copenhagen, the Church of Our Lady. The Bishop of Copenhagen, the Rt Revd Peter Skov-Jakobsen, solemnized the marriage. The Church of England does not allow same-sex marriages, so Nigel chose to marry in the Church of Denmark.
A survey of Evangelical, Pentecostal, and certain mainline Protestant pastors show that about 11% of these clergy have been asked to officiate at a same-sex wedding.
Monday, 1 AUG, Vice President Joe Biden officiated at a civil marriage for two men. The Vice President & Dr Biden hosted the wedding in their government provided Washington DC residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory. A few days after the Vice President officiated at the wedding, three US bishops wrote a blog piece condemning his action.
And if decisions made by the General Synod are a point of disagreement within the communion (i.e. a vote against same-gender marriage), Archbishop Hiltz says “there could be some ‘civil disobedience’ on the part of clergy and parishes….”
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry received a letter from clergy in the Church of Ireland, affirming their support for the Episcopal…
“We adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities.”
The Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada released the following announcement on Tuesday, September 22: Dear Friends…
After being released from jail, the county clerk in Kentucky who was jailed for contempt of court for her refusal…
Bishop Dorsey McConnell of Pittsburgh has given permission for clergy in his diocese to use Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing, Revised and Expanded 2015.
Integrity is reporting that The House of Deputies committee considering proposed changes to the marriage canon have clarified that arguments suggesting that General Convention cannot make such changes because they run counter to the Book of Common Prayer are based on “flawed premises.”
The Scottish Episcopal Church will hold their annual General Synod this week, from June 11-13. Among their other tasks will be a decision to revise their marriage canons especially in light of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Scotland.