The Faith Worship and Ministry Committee asked Council for clarification of its task relating to General Synod’s request that the Council of General Synod consider a revision of Canon 21 (On Marriage) including theological rationale to allow marriage of all legally qualified persons and to report back to General Synod 2010.
It was proposed by Chancellor Ronald Stevenson and Bishop Michael Ingham
Text of motion
That the Council of General Synod
- (1) concurs in the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee’s understanding that it is to address the particular category of “legally qualified persons”, i.e. same-sex couples at least one of whom is baptized Christian,
- (2) agrees that development of a theological rationale for the marriage of such couples should precede the preparation of any draft amendments to or revision of the Marriage Canon,
- (3) requests the Committee to report to the Council of the General Synod no later than November 2009 and
- (4) directs that, if the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee develops such a rationale, it should, in conjunction with the Handbook Concerns Committee, prepare draft amendments to, or a draft revision of, the Marriage Canon for consideration by the Council of the General Synod in March 2010 for possible submission to the 2010 session of the General Synod.