The diocesan synod considered, among many other items of business, a proposed amendment to Canon 31, the marriage canon, that, if passed in the General Synod in June 2017, would allow same-sex marriage to become part of the life of the SEC.
This is complex and divisive issue, and a very careful and respectful session considered the matter. The amendment had been passed as a first reading at the General Synod in June 2016, and so comes out to the dioceses to supply opinions and information to the general synod.
After careful and respectful discussion, summarised in the attached document, the results of the vote were:
|House of Bishops||1 in favour|
|House of Clergy||5 in favour||2 against|
|House of Laity||12 in favour||7 against|
|Totals||18 in favour||9 against|
The attachment below has all the feedback provided by the table facilitators in the discussion session before the vote was held.
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