Episcopalian Church Turns Down Same-Sex Marriages

On July 19, the Episcopal Church rejected a proposal which would have recognized same-sex marriages. The day before the vote, the head of the church had reminded clergy and laity of his request twelve years ago asking the church to make everyone welcome. While voters did not heed his request, the proposal failed by such a narrow margin that proponents of same-sex marriages remain encouraged. Later this week, the church will vote on ordaining gay men and lesbians.


USA Today - July21,1997

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