New Canadian Anglican diocese backs gay blessings

Tue May 27, 2008 1:23pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A fourth diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada voted this week in favor of blessing same-sex unions, the liberal denomination announced on Tuesday.

The church's Anglican Journal said the diocese of Huron voted on Monday to ask the bishop to allow clergy to bless homosexual marriages.

Bishop Bruce Howe said he concurred with the motion but -- as in the case of three other Canadian dioceses -- he would consult with other bishops before acting on the vote.

Gay marriage is legal in Canada but the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church of the United States have run afoul of the broader worldwide Anglican communion for either allowing same-sex blessings by the church or, in the case of Episcopals, ordaining a gay bishop.

Howe said he would do nothing before the decennial Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops in July.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Bernadette Baum)