Jul 12, 2016
By Michael Kramer
A stunning reversal of the result of voting by Anglicans – in which church delegates narrowly rejected a motion to allow same-sex marraige.
After a recount – the vote has passed.
A few delegates to the six-day General Synod took the floor shortly before the session was to end – and said their votes had not been recorded during voting late Monday – when passage of the resolution failed by a single vote.
To pass, the resolution required two-thirds approval by each of three orders: lay, clergy and bishops. The clergy failed to reach the threshold by one vote – which was apparently not counted because it was wrongly attributed to a lay member.
The mistake was discovered after delegates asked for a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting.
But the resolution still needs affirmation by the next General Synod in 2019 before it becomes law.
The recount came as some Anglican clerics – including the Archbishop of Toronto – were saying they were going to ignore the rejection vote.