Bishop's Pastoral Letter Regarding Marriage Canon
November 23, 2016
FROM THE BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW WESTMINSTER, THE RIGHT REVEREND MELISSA SKELTON
Greetings to you all. At General Synod 2016 a 2/3 majority of delegates in each house (laity, clergy and bishops) voted to amend the marriage canon to make marriage available to "all persons who are duly qualified by civil law to enter into marriage." The resolution that passed also specified that the potential change "shall come into effect on the first day of January after being passed by General Synod at Second Reading."
Different dioceses have chosen different approaches as to what to do during this three-year period before a second reading of and vote on the change at General Synod 2019. I am writing to you to clarify our approach, an approach that comes after my own soul-searching and prayer and after a broad consultation with many both within and outside our diocese. I ask that you listen carefully to this approach in that it is not simple but instead reflects the diversity of people and perspectives in our diocese and in the Anglican Church of Canada....
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