Magazine article Anglican Journal

It's Time for Anglicans to Consider Plan B: Repeal the Marriage Canon

Magazine article Anglican Journal

It's Time for Anglicans to Consider Plan B: Repeal the Marriage Canon

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I write in support of a wise letter by Anton Lovink (God's time, April 2016, p. 4), who wrote, "The difference between our [same-sex] civil marriage having been blessed, compared to being married in the church building, is not enough cause for dividing our Communion."

After the wedding and blessing of my son and his wife the same way in 2014, I couldn't agree more. On the other hand, homosexuals have not been treated well by the church, and so I also sympathize with those who prefer to improve our even-handedness.

In view of the bishops' statement in February that they have multiple sympathies, what is needed is a Plan B. It is time for public discussion of the simplest and most obvious Plan B I have heard of: instead of amending the marriage canon, which is misnamed and is actually a wedding canon, it must be repealed. That would, I'm told, have the effect of making church weddings, but not blessings, unavailable to heterosexuals, as they are unavailable to homosexuals. Evenhandedness is achieved without offending the opponents of same-sex weddings either in Canada or abroad.

As this is a matter of policy and not of doctrine, it could be made effective at any chosen date, presumably exempting weddings already arranged.

Robert Thomas Winnipeg

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