Reaction Mixed to Episcopal Church’s Approval of Same-Sex Rite

The decision by the Episcopal Church at its general convention in Indianapolis on Tuesday to approve a liturgy for blessing same-sex couples has drawn mixed reaction, Daniel Burke reports for Religion News Service. While the liturgy received wide support at the convention, the Diocese of South Carolina’s canon theologian, Rev. Kendall Harmon, has stated, “By making this decision, the Episcopal Church moves further away from Jesus Christ and his teaching.” The rite also drew criticism from gay rights activists, some calling it a “separate and unequal” policy, since the new rite is not defined as a “marriage.”

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