Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Statement on gay rights resolutions - Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

At our Convention four Resolutions were presented, debated, and passed by a substantial majority.

o One Resolution calls for the establishment of a Task Force of laity and clergy to study appropriate pastoral responses to couples living in relationships other than marriage. This Task Force is charged with collecting resources, creating a study guide, and reporting to next year’s Convention.
o Another Resolution supports legislation on the state and federal levels which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
o Another Resolution supports legislation to provide benefits to same-sex couples.
o Finally, another Resolution opposes a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The Right Reverend Robert W. Ihloff, D.Min., D.D.
Bishop of Maryland

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