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.
"Ruth Sweet. Worships at Anglican churches in the Newmarket, Ont. area. I grew up in the Christian faith, so my understanding of marriage was that it was a bond between a man and a woman, and I still hold this. But today, many are questioning this understanding and would like me to change my view. I've really felt the pressure. To me this is a matter of conscience, and we are only accountable for what we teach. I myself want to be true to the Christian faith and to my lord Jesus, in whom I place my faith. That's kind of the bottom line for me". "I am scared of being judged and misunderstood, and of being labeled homophobic, which I am not. I don't know if this vote will go through or not, but I know it has changed relationships within the church already. People are hurt, people feel marginalized. I get that, because I feel that as well, on the orthodox side. It's a sad day for me that the church could split over this. But it's such a big deal to me. It's really the core of who I am -- trying to follow what I believe Christ's teachings were and are".