SALT LAKE CITY – News briefs from General Convention 78 from Episcopal News Service:
- Canonical Marriage Changes: In the wake of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage for all Americans, General Convention followed suit on July 1 with canonical and liturgical changes to provide marriage equality for Episcopalians. The House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops’ approval the day before of a canonical change eliminating language defining marriage as between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorizing two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).
- Lesser Feasts & Great Cloud: General Convention approved making available a revised resource for calendar commemorations but stopped short of officially authorizing it as a liturgical resource for use in the next triennium.
- Alcohol and Addiction: The House of Bishops on July 1 passed three resolutions, one with an amendment, on the issue of alcohol and drug abuse.
- Confederate Flag: The House of Deputies on June 29 approved in an overwhelming voice vote Resolution D044, which “strongly urges all persons, along with public, governmental, and religious institutions, to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag.”