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Episcopal Bishops OK Trial Gay Blessing Prayer; Full Church Affirms Transgender Ordination

posted on July 11, 2012

At the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis on Monday, a majority of bishops approved a liturgy for blessing same-sex unions, according to the Associated Press. However, the blessing service does not act as a marriage, only a honoring of “lifelong same-sex couples,” says Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde. The decision comes at the heels of the convention also approving ordination of transgendered clergy. While some “dioceses already ordain transgendered people or elect them to positions of parish leadership,” supporters “for the amendment argued they needed an explicit statement of acceptance as the churchwide policy.”

Read at The Associated Press