Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglican Church Stays out of Marriage Debate

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglican Church Stays out of Marriage Debate

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The Anglican Church of Canada does not intend to join other faith communities in the brewing debate over the federal government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage in Canada, said its primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison.

"We haven't weighed in on that at all and it's because our own tradition has never been challenged," he said in an interview. "We haven't really had the contemporary discussion, there has been no conversation in any of our councils on the issue of same-sex marriage, so we live with our time-honoured tradition that marriage is between a man and a woman, and the canon on marriage, and that's where we are."

Archbishop Hutchison also said that while he, personally, opposed redefining the traditional definition of marriage, he cannot articulate that as the national church's official position. "The Roman Catholic archbishop is able to take the position without having consulted anybody in the pews, but that's not our tradition," he said. "Whenever I speak publicly I have to go to the archives, go to the library and see what statements we've passed over the years."

Churches in Canada have found themselves on opposite sides in the debate about a federal government bill on same-sex marriage pending, at press time, in Parliament. The bill would amend the marriage law to refer to the union of "two persons" rather than of "a man and a woman."

Roman Catholic leaders have urged their flock to contact their local members of Parliament urging them to vote against the bill. …

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