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TORONTO - The Anglican diocese of Toronto decided Saturday to wait until 2006 to reach a decision on whether the church should bless same-sex unions.

  • INDEPTH: Same-sex Rights

samesex_wedThe motion to defer, brought forward by Rev. Andy Leroux, won by a vote of 320 to 296.

Leroux said the majority of Anglicans around the world remain opposed to the concept of same-sex marriage, adding the Toronto congregation needs more time to thoroughly understand the various implications.

"What this motion does clearly, is pave the way for us to remain as a communion and to remain as one body instead of divided, with one part saying this and the other part saying something else," he said.

But Anglicans supporting same-sex unions did walk away from Saturday's meeting with some hope: a motion affirming the "integrity and sanctity of committed, adult, same sex relationships" was passed.

Bobbie Collins, whose daughter is in a five-year relationship with another woman, voted against deferral. She said, "I think it's just going to take a bit more time and people will come around to the understanding that people of gay and lesbian persuasion have to be accepted fully."

In 2002, the diocese of New Westminster in British Columbia accepted a vote to allow its churches to bless same-sex unions.

Anglicans in Ontario's Niagara region passed a motion this month to allow clergy to bless same-sex couples who have been married in a civil ceremony.

Read more info on: CBC.ca

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