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The Anglican Church of Canada voted to recognize same-sex marriages

Canadian Anglicans For Gay Marriage

14 July 2016
By Alan Frank - QL USA

Over in Canada after initially miscounting the votes it would appear as if the Anglican Church of Canada has voted to recognize same-sex marriages.

The church membership gathered in Toronto last week for a General Synod, a meeting held every three years where resolutions regarding doctrine are voted on by three orders of the church: bishops, clergy, and lay people.

To pass, the resolution required two-thirds of each of three orders — lay, clergy and bishops. The clergy failed to reach that threshold by one vote that was apparently not counted because it was counted in the lay order.

The error was discovered after delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz then declared the resolution in favour of same-sex marriage had passed.

Hiltz acknowledged it had been a difficult vote, saying people had felt "pulled apart" by the issue.

"Our work on this matter is not done," he said. "It's not sufficient for us to simply say we dealt with the resolution."

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