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Louie Crew’s Resolution on Same Sex Marriage [ECUSA]
Drell's Descants ^ | 5/17/2006

Posted on 05/18/2006 5:57:03 PM PDT by sionnsar

From here:

I have submitted this as a deputy resolution for General Convention 2006, also endorsed by The Rev. Tobias Haller (C3 in Diocese of New York) and The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe (C2 in the Diocese of California). I urge support of the resolution. Write to me at

The resolution calls for only the simplest of changes (in red)(I will substitute italics - BLD) to the current canons.


Louie Crew, Chair of the Newark deputation. Member of Executive Council

Authorize use of marriage rite in Book of Common Prayer for Same-Sex Couples

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That this 75th General Convention authorizes use of the rites for Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage and The Blessing of a Civil Marriage in the Book of Common Prayer for same-sex couples in those civil jurisdictions that permit same-sex marriage, and further authorizes modification of gender references in the rites to accommodate such marriages, and be it further

Resolved, That Canon 18: Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony, be amended to permit such usage by making the following changes:

Sec. 1. Every Member of the Clergy of this Church shall conform to the laws of the State governing the creation of the civil status of marriage, and also to the laws of this Church governing the solemnization of Holy Matrimony.

Sec. 2. Before solemnizing a marriage the Member of the Clergy shall have ascertained:

(a) That both parties have the right to contract a marriage according to the laws of the State.

(b) That both parties understand that Holy Matrimony is a physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman two persons, entered into within the community of faith, by mutual consent of heart, mind, and will, and with intent that it be lifelong.

(c) That both parties freely and knowingly consent to such marriage, without fraud, coercion, mistake as to identity of a partner, or mental reservation.

(d) That at least one of the parties has received Holy Baptism.

(e) That both parties have been instructed as to the nature, meaning, and purpose of Holy Matrimony by the Member of the Clergy, or that they have both received such instruction from persons known by the Member of the Clergy to be competent and responsible.

Sec. 3. No Member of the Clergy of this Church shall solemnize any marriage unless the following procedures are complied with:

(a) The intention of the parties to contract marriage shall have been signified to the Member of the Clergy at least thirty days before the service of solemnization; Provided, that for weighty cause, this requirement may be dispensed with if one of the parties is a member of the Congregation of the Member of the Clergy, or can furnish satisfactory evidence of responsibility. In case the thirty days’ notice is waived, the Member of the Clergy shall report such action in writing to the Bishop immediately.

(b) There shall be present at least two witnesses to the solemnization of marriage.

(c) The Member of the Clergy shall record in the proper register the date and place of the marriage, the names of the parties and their parents, the age of the parties, their residences, and their Church status; the witnesses and the Member of the Clergy shall sign the record.

(d) The Member of the Clergy shall have required that the parties sign the following declaration:

(e) “We, A.B. and C.D., desiring to receive the blessing of Holy Matrimony in the Church, do solemnly declare that we hold marriage to be a lifelong union of

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant

1 posted on 05/18/2006 5:57:04 PM PDT by sionnsar
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2 posted on 05/18/2006 5:57:50 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi 2006 | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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What rough creature, its hour come round at last ....?

3 posted on 05/18/2006 6:10:36 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (If you find yourself in a fair fight, you did not prepare properly.)
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Slouching toward Columbus?

4 posted on 05/18/2006 7:48:39 PM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: sionnsar
What's interesting is Crew's assumption that this is just a documentation issue, and that the spirit of the Church is already in favor of same-sex "marriage."

It's also an excellent example of the "incrementalism" by which the revisionists have taken over the church; meanwhile, we traditionalists always keep hoping for The Big Fix, which rarely occurs, and never lasts when it does occur.

5 posted on 05/18/2006 8:49:50 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: sionnsar

Protecting this from coming into the BCP should be individual states disagreeing on same-sex marriage laws...

6 posted on 05/19/2006 6:02:33 AM PDT by meandog (If I were to draw the odious Islamic prophet Muhammad, he would have horns, a tail, and a ptichfork!)
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