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Anglican Church of Canada votes to endorse same-sex 'marriage'

The Anglican Church of Canada has followed the lead set last year by the Episcopal Church USA and voted to conduct same-sex 'marriages.' Meanwhile, the Church of England is holding discussions on the issue in preparation for a later decision.

The decision in Canada was far from clear-cut. While a decided majority of Canadian clergy, bishops and laity at the general synod in Ottawa voted Monday for the departure from traditional Christian teaching, it appeared at first that the required two-thirds majority was not achieved among the clergy, thus defeating the motion. But advocates for the change complained that their votes had been missed, and when the ballots were checked, it proved to be the case and the decision was reversed.

Leaders of the dissenting Anglican Network in Canada expressed dismay at the decision, which they said was "clearly in contrast to the scriptural teaching of marriage and moves the Anglican Church of Canada apart from the Anglican Communion worldwide."

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