Church of Wales – Secret Ballot for S/S Unions

Church in Wales votes narrowly in favour of same sex marriage

The Governing Body of the Church in Wales met this week and voted on the subject of same sex marriages. As theChurch Times reports:

Archbishop Morgan cautious after majority vote in favour of same-sex marriage

THE Governing Body of the Church in Wales has voted narrowly in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry in the Church. But it appears that the non-binding, advisory-only secret ballot has not produced enough votes in favour to persuade the Bishops to frame new legislation.

The vote on Thursday does not constitute a decision of the Governing Body. Instead, the results — and the two-and-a-half-hour debate that preceded the vote — will be used to guide the Province’s Bench of Bishops when it meets to discuss the issue in October.

Three options were under consideration: the first would mean no change to the Church’s current teaching and practice on marriage and partnerships; the second would allow same-sex unions to be blessed in the Church in Wales; the third would enable same-sex couples to be married in church…

Other news reports:

BBC ‘Foolish’ to bring forward gay marriage now, Archbishop says

Christian Today Church in Wales shows support for same sex marriage

Wales Online Church in Wales votes YES for gay marriage but we’re still a long way from real change

Posted by Simon Sarmiento (T.A) on Friday, 18 September 2015 at 10:29pm BST

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Thanks to Simon Sarmiento of ‘Thinking Anglicans’ for this report from the ‘Church Times’,  about the Church of Wales (Anglican), that would seem to predicate the possibility of allowing either Same-Sex Blessings, or even Same-Sex Marriages to be performed in the Church of Wales.

The vote in favour of opening up the possibility of Same-sex Marriage and Same-Sex Blessings was taken by secret Ballot, as indicated in the communique:

“The secret ballot took place at Lampeter, Ceredigion.

Those who voted in favour fell short of the two-thirds needed for change.

Sixty one of 120 members present voted for such ceremonies to be allowed, while 50 voted for no change and nine to allow blessings.”

Predictably perhaps, in the circumstances (of the reluctance of the Church of England to broach such matters at this time), the Archbishop of Wales has indicated – in a BBC broadcast interview – that it would be foolish to present a Bill to General Synod to provide legislation for Same-Sex Marriage or Same-Sex Blessings in the C. of W., and that any further movement on this issue would take a long time to gain the appropriate level of approval in the General Synod.

However, considering that the Church of England has, as yet, got nowhere near to this level of a majority approval of Same-Sex Marriage or Blessing; the Church in Wales needs to be congratulated on its forward thinking on these important matters.

Father Ron Smith, Chrsitchurch, New Zealand

 

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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