Late this afternoon, in a vote by orders, the House of Deputies narrowly rejected a resolution that would have directed the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and music to "prepare for consideration by the 74th General Convention rites ... by means of which the Church may express" support for "couples in the Body of Christ and in this Church who are living in marriage and couples in the Body of Christ and in this Church who are living in other life-long committed relationships."
While adopting by an overwhelming majority seven clauses addressing the essence of faithful Christian relationships, the House excluded the clause calling for preparation of sanctioned rites for the pastoral care and support of many in the Church. The vote to exclude was:
The diocese of the Rio Grande voted "no" in both orders.
Organizations and individuals on both sides of the issue are preparing statements which I'll forward to you.
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