"I am disappointed that the House of Bishops voted by a mere two-vote margin against the motion to amend the marriage canon, while the laity and clergy supported the motion. The Rev. Derek Perry ("Our rules exist for a reason", Oct. 2019, p. 5) has difficulty with the concept 'that a simple majority govern'. ... Perry implies in rather high-handed tone that democratic principles are OK for our political processes, but not for the church ('such a change would give a result .. counter to our basic identity'). I say the governance structure of the church should be changed to give more voice to the people (the majority who are asked to fund it and give time to support it). The gospel tells us we are all equal in God's eyes; let's take that seriously. And yes, maybe our 'basic identity' and rules are due for a long overdue revamping if we are going to survive".