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.
"Kenny Pierce. Worships at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. I was raised Roman Catholic, came out in 1985 at the age of 21, and walked away from the church in the 1980s. It was a long journey back to faith ... I found my way to Anglicanism around 2010. Though the sacrament [of marriage] is isn't a calling for all people. I strongly feel that, as is mentioned in Ecclesiastes 4, a cord of three strands isn't easily broken. I have always taken that to mean that two of the strands are the union of two, and the third is either God, or a community of faith. I'm in a relationship with a Christian man, and walking with God in our journey has been liberating and has deepened what I already feel for him". "I'm lucky to be a part of affirming congregations, so that shields me a bit from the worst of what these debates trigger in people. I guess that the perspective of having come out in a time when these conversations and possibilities were a non-starter, versus being where we are now, shows me what the trajectory is when considering the long view. That helps".