On Friday, a vote conducted by the Anglican Church of Canada to approve same-sex marriage failed to pass, after less than two-thirds of the bishops voted in favour. After passing one of the two votes needed, the bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada did not approve the motion. Since the news has broken, many Canadians have taken to social media to express their disappointment in the vote.
The Anglican Church assembled in Vancouver on Friday night to vote on the motion that would allow the church's marriage canon to remove the reference that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. This would allow same-sex marriage to be performed through the entirety of the church.
In order for this motion to go through, two rounds of voting needed to take place as the parish members, clergy and bishops all need to vote in favour on the issue. The first vote took place three years ago and passed with more than two-thirds in favour of same-sex marriage.
However, the second vote that was held on Friday did not have the same outcome. The bishops were not two-thirds in favour, meaning that the motion was not able to go through even though the lay voters and the clergy were both more than two-thirds in favour to pass the motion.
While the vote did not go through, this doesn't mean that all Anglican Churches across Canada do not allow same-sex marriage. According to CBC News, many churches have been performing same-sex marriage since the first vote was passed in 2016.
In fact, Toronto bishop Kevin Robertson was married to his husband in 2018 at the St. James Cathedral.
Meghan Kilty, the church's director of communications told CBC that many churches intend to continue performing same-sex marriages despite the vote.
The church recently passed a resolution to recognize that each church may respond to the issue of same-sex marriage in a way that they feel best suits the understanding of the religion.
Yet, despite this, Canadians are still devastated the vote was unable to go through and express their concern and support to the LGBTQ community during this time.
Thinking of our Anglican brothers and sisters in Canada, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, as they struggle… https://t.co/6hhEckiFfk— Matthew Ciszek (@Matthew Ciszek)1563027198.0
In light of their failure to vote in favour of amendments to their Marriage Canon that would allow for same-sex mar… https://t.co/5KxBZkt5EZ— Chris Marsh (@Chris Marsh)1563028591.0
This memo was distributed at St. Paul’s church in Harbour Grace today. We now know the General Synod of the Anglica… https://t.co/AFganPFPz3— Hayward Blake (@Hayward Blake)1563112527.0
I'm very disappointed with the Anglican Church of Canada today. Even though the church had decisively voted for sam… https://t.co/bHKSBkRGTW— Gloria Halvorsen (@Gloria Halvorsen)1563030461.0
Profoundly disappointed for friends in Anglican Church of Canada waking up this am to news that second reading of a… https://t.co/3VlqH191pE— Rob Skirving (@Rob Skirving)1563028329.0
Many of the Anglican churches around Canada have expressed how devastated they are with the results of the vote. Even St. James Cathedral in Toronto has released a statement that they stand with the LGBTQ community during this time.