Anglican Church of Canada to recognize marriage equality

The Anglican Church of Canada has voted to authorize gay marriages, with 155 delegates voting for and 68 against. Originally – one day before – the measure failed to pass in the church by one vote. Complaints of uncounted ballots prompted a recount. The voting took place after more than 60 speakers – most in favor of same-sex marriage – addressed the General Synod.

Several prominent members of clergy, including the Archbishop of Toronto, had already declared that they would bless same-sex unions regardless of the Church’s position.

The Anglican body in the United States – the U.S. Episcopal Church – was the first and only Anglican body to approve of same-sex marriage, for which it was sanctioned by Church leaders earlier this year.

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