Eliot Waddingham, 24, a transgender person from Ottawa, said tension over the vote was palpable.
“It is breaking my heart that there are people who see gay marriage as a separation from God and from love,” said Waddingham, a longtime Anglican attending the synod as an observer.
“I think ‘no’ would be a death sentence for our church. It would be driving off the edge of a cliff.”
To pass, the resolution to change the marriage cannon requires two-thirds of the delegates to vote yes in each of three orders ”” lay, clergy and bishops. The bishops’ group indicated in February that the threshold would likely not be met. Indigenous bishops have also said they would resist having “Western cultural approaches” imposed on them.