The Anglican bishop for the Metro Vancouver region has approved same-sex marriages in her diocese, beginning Thursday.
Bishop Melissa Skelton made the decision despite delegates of the national Anglican Church narrowly defeating the proposal during a July 12 vote at their general synod in Vancouver.
In the latest move in a worldwide Anglican conflict that has gone on for decades, Skelton seized on a compromise that the national church’s bishops offered a few days after the defeated vote, which would allow individual dioceses to adopt a “local option” on same-sex marriage rites.
Many of the country’s Anglicans had been bitterly disappointed when the motion to allow same-sex marriages lost by the slimmest of margins earlier this month.
Vancouver-area bishop approves same-sex marriages, despite national vote
In a statement Skelton also emphasized “no priest will be compelled to officiate at the marriage of a same-sex couple.”https://t.co/GnDjyja32L
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