James Cathedral in the presence of at least two bishops and an archbishop last year. After a general synod vote approved same-sex marriage in , Archbishop Colin Johnson issued guidelines for priests to perform them. It was welcomed by churchgoers and priests alike. Many priests are gay. Historically, it was frowned upon for priests to live in a romantic relationship without being married.
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Furthermore, it refused to "advise the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions". This came shortly after a similar controversy in England when an openly gay priest , Canon Jeffrey John , was appointed to become the Suffragan Bishop of Reading. Eventually, however, John agreed to withdraw in order to avoid division. In , in the aftermath of Robinson's election as bishop , John was installed as Dean of St Albans , the cathedral there being the site of England's first Christian martyr. The day after, they released a lengthy statement:  We must make clear that recent actions in New Westminster and in the Episcopal Church USA do not express the mind of our Communion as a whole, and these decisions jeopardise our sacramental fellowship with each other. If his [Gene Robinson's] consecration proceeds, we recognise that we have reached a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion and we have had to conclude that the future of the Communion itself will be put in jeopardy. In this case, the ministry of this one bishop will not be recognised by most of the Anglican world, and many provinces are likely to consider themselves to be out of Communion with the Episcopal Church USA.
BLIZZARD: Anglican Church's vote against same-sex marriage troubling
Videos Sign In Sign Out Subscribe Anglican Church rejects same-sex marriage in Vancouver vote The vote, which occurred late Friday night in Vancouver at the church's general synod, required a two-thirds majority from each of the church's three delegate groups: the laity, clergy, and bishops. The laity voted But the bishops of Canada defeated the motion, with two abstaining and just In recent years, the issue has divided the Anglican Church internationally, but many were hopeful the conflict would be resolved this weekend. Three years ago this motion passed first reading, and the expectation Friday night was that it would pass second reading.
Share via Email Andrew Wale right and Neil Allard laugh as they pose after marrying in Brighton in one of the first same-sex weddings in March The Methodist conference in Birmingham is being urged to support proposals to allow same-sex marriage in its chapels. If successful, a final decision would be taken next year after wider consultation. The Church of England has restated traditional doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.