In a surprising twist, the Anglican Church Canada has reversed its decision rejecting same sex-marriage.
A resolution in favour was narrowly defeated last night, but after a recount of votes, it passed today.
Alastair McCollum, an Archdeacon with the Anglican Diocese of BC, says it’s an incredibly divisive issue among members of the Church.
“Today we’ve been on something of a roller coaster, feeling a lot of the pain, of concern about how our LGBTQ friends would feel about the message that was being sent. And then, it reversed. And those who have a more traditional approach were actually quite distressed. And some of them, I’m rather sad to say, have left the Synod today feeling rather upset.”
But McCollum says the change to the church’s marriage canon requires another vote in 2019 before it becomes law.
“What happened yesterday when the vote fell is there was a great feeling of we can’t wait three years for this. The church has been in these discussions for 40 years and we need to move. Now that will hurt some people because many of those of a more traditional understanding of Christian marriage and the Bible will find that really difficult.”
McCollum says bishops in BC will meet with their members to determine if their church will allow same-sex couples to marry in the church in the meantime.