In advance of the debate on resolution A051-R2 regarding potential changes to the marriage canon which will be debated at General Synod in July 2019, two Anglican Journal writers, "spoke with six Anglicans -- three in favour of the resolution and three opposed to it -- to ask them: How does your view of marriage fit in with your faith ? And what does this vote mean to you ? One final note: You may notice that the voices of Indigenous Anglicans are not included in this article. For more on this, see National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald's column (p. 5)". Each of the six comments indexed separately. Column by Bishop Mark MacDonald -- with title "On the marriage canon" -- also indexed separately.
"Madeleine Tench. Not currently attending an Anglican church, lives in Halifax, N.S." Tench and her family were formerly active members of St. Margaret of Scotland parish in Halifax. "At the time [of General Synod 2016], I was still really active in the church community. And then after the vote happened, it felt like it wasn't as welcoming and open. I'm part of the queer community, so it was a very important voting moment for me". "I'd always received unconditional love from the Anglican church, and then suddenly I was awoken to the conditions of [that] love". "I would love to be able to come back to the church. It's so beautiful. Beyond the aspect of faith and worship, it's such an important thing for individuals to have that community support. Church can do so much good, and I think the focus should be on doing good rather than limiting who can be recognized and who can be part of the church".