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Published: Thu, July 14, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Anglicans recount same-sex votes, resolution now passes

Anglicans recount same-sex votes, resolution now passes

The Vancouver couple legally married on January 1, 2009, in a civil ceremony.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the church, promised a pastoral letter Thursday, acknowledging the "deep differences" that exist around the issue.

Toronto Archbishop Colin Johnson called same-sex marriages - at the discretion of the bishop and with agreement of local clergy - a logical step in the evolution of the church.

Citing a mistake in the voting process, Anglican church officials have overturned a decision against allowing same-sex marriages, opening the door to a larger vote on the issue in 2019. If it is passed, it will then become law.

But, on Tuesday, Anglican leaders at the national synod admitted there had been a counting mistake and the resolution had passed.

The error was caused by the electronic clickers used in voting, said General Synod Chancellor David Jones.

Initially, the vote was just one ballot away from being accepted by the Anglican church because it required approval from two thirds of each of the lay, clergy, and bishop orders.

But some people raised concerns that the votes had been improperly tallied, touching off a recount that found General Secretary Michael Thompson's vote had been counted as a lay vote instead of clergy.

Anglicans were urged by other churches not to go in this direction, Andrews said.

In an interview with CBC Radio, gay Anglican priest Allison Courey, said "I'm very happy, I'm excited, I'm relieved for the future of our church and for our young people".

Christ Church Cathedral Rev. Peter Elliott, right, with long-time partner, textile artist Thomas Roach.

"I think it's going to happen within a short period of time", he told Metro Tuesday, hours before the vote was reversed.

Tuesday's resolution is a major step in an ongoing worldwide Anglican dispute that goes back to at least the 1990s for Vancouver-area Anglicans.

This week's vote on same-sex marriage, which is considered a "canonical" issue, can not be officially ratified until the next national Anglican convention, which will take place in Vancouver in 2019.

This begs the question if "guarding the faith" means to defy a Synod vote on sodomite marriage what does "guarding the faith" mean when it comes to say the Doctrine of God or the Trinity, if a number of bishops suddenly say they no longer believe in the Trinity!

Yesterday, there was great consternation that the Anglican Church had voted, by the slimmest of margins, against blessing same sex marriages.

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