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Bishops extend non-discrimination canons

Bishops extend non-discrimination canons

The House of Bishops voted today to include transgender and gender identity to non-discrimination canons for laity and clergy D019 and D002 The legislation now moves to the House of Deputies.

The deputies passed legislation similar to that adopted today by the bishops by a two-thirds vote in 2009, but the legislation was amended by the bishops in a way that deputies could not accept, and therefore died.

The Chicago Consultation live tweeted the bishops’ debate/

Here is the Twitter feed for the votes

Caroline Carson ?@Conductor222

DO19 PASSES in the HOB. #GC77 Very glad! If it’s final, in less than 5 yrs, I believe we won’t even believe it was a debate to be resolved.

Tiffany ?@tiff55

After debate, D019 passes the House of Bishops. #GC77 #youngadultfest #lgbt

Kori R. Pacyniak ?@KPacyniak

D019 protection of gender identity and expression for laity also passes house of bishops!! #GC77 #trans

Chicago Consultation ?@chiconsultation

Resolution D019 “Amend I.17.5: Extending the Rights of Laity” passes the House of Bishops. #gc77

Cameron Partridge ?@peculiarhonors

#GC77 bishop’s pass D019!!

seashellseller ?@seashellseller

#GC77 — D019 passes

Cameron Partridge ?@peculiarhonors

#GC77 Bishop Andrus ‘when we have confusion about a group’ that is precisely a reason to protect them

Kori R. Pacyniak ?@KPacyniak

Bishop from CA. “this resolution is meant to protect people” D019 #GC77

Bp Lawrence says we live in an age of “Individualized Eros.” #euphamism #gc77

Jeffrey Shy ?@JeffreyShy

SC Bishop Lawrence worried that we are “condemning ourselves to freedom.” Choice words from a freedom rebel in TEC. : ( #gc77

seashellseller ?@seashellseller

#GC77 — opposition says people should stay in the categories they give them

Chicago Consultation ?@chiconsultation

Bishop Mark Lawrence: speaks against, opposes era of “individualized eros.” #gc77

Cameron Partridge ?@peculiarhonors

#GC77 South Carolina concerned we are ‘abandoning all givenness’

The Episcopal Cafe ?@episcopalcafe

2/2 House of Deps passed transgender ordination protections easily in 2009, so seems likely they will again. #GC77

Chicago Consultation ?@chiconsultation

Bishop G Robinson: Some people choose changes to express gender identity. Those things shouldn’t stand in the way of ministry.


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Gregory Orloff

Snarky sarcasm won’t draw people to the Church, Nicole. Letting people of all sorts know that they will find a loving, accepting place in it in which to grow more Christlike has a much better chance of accomplishing that.

Nicole Porter

I can see the lines outside every parish tomorrow..standing room only.



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Clint Davis

Yeah Nicole, like families who have transgendered children and love them instead of trying to beat or otherwise punish it out of them…and those families who have no problem accepting other families who have transgendered youth…or transgendered parents for that matter. And those people who are born with two sets of genitalia, and someone had to choose what to do, or there was no choice.

Nicole Porter

This will just make families start flowing in the church. Our youth programs will have to have waiting lists to handle the flow.

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