General Convention 2009 is coming!

Integrity's goals for General Convention 2009 are simple--we want the Episcopal Church to move BEYOND B033 and AHEAD on marriage equality. However, choosing the best legislative approach for achieving those goals is not so simple. The national leadership wants your opinion on the types of resolutions you think would be most effective.

* Are you currently a member of Integrity?

* General Convention 2006 passed Resolution B033, which called upon "Standing Committees and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion." Everyone present know this resolutuion was directed at partnered LGBT candidates. Although this resolution is in conflict with the nondiscrimination provisions of the national canons, it has effectively prevented the election of additional LGBT bishops.

  Explicitly rescinding B033 Affirming that the canons prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation Affirming that living in a faithful, same-gender relationship is not a bar to the episcopacy Directing search committees and electing conventions to give preference to LGBT candidates in restitution for past discrimination
Which type of resolution do you think would be most effective at moving the Episcopal Church BEYOND B033?

* As of October 2008, three states (California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts) allow civil marriages between two adults of the same gender. Seven territories and states (the District of Columbia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington) allow civil unions or domestic partnerships between two adults of the same gender. However, the Canons of the General Convention, Title I, Canons 18 and 19, only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.

  Directing the Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons to prepare gender-neutral changes to the marriage canons for consideration by General Convention 2012 Directly amending the marriage canons so that they are gender-neutral Giving permission for clergy to ignore the marriage canons in those states that recognize same-gender marriages/partnerships Commissioning a task force to revisit the Episcopal Church's theology of marriage and to suggest specific changes to the marriage canons for consideration by General Convention 2012
Which type of resolution do you think would be most effective at moving the Episcopal Church AHEAD on marriage equality in canon law?

* The rites and rubrics in The Book of Common Prayer for the pastoral offices titled "The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage," "The Blessing of a Civil Marriage," and "An Order of Marriage" (pages 422 through 438) only allow for marriage between a man and a woman. General Convention 2003 passed resolution C051, which stated, "We recognize that local faith communities are operating within the bounds of our common life as they explore and experience liturgies celebrating and blessing same-sex unions." Although several dioceses have official, written policies permitting clergy to bless same-sex unions—and many other dioceses unofficially allow them—none have promulgated a rite.

  Directing the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music to prepare gender-neutral changes to the marriage rites and rubrics in the Book of Common Prayer for consideration by General Convention 2012 Directly amending the marriage rites and rubrics in the Book of Common Prayer so that they are gender-neutral Directing the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music to prepare supplemental liturgical materials to bless same-gender marriages/partnerships for consideration by General Convention 2012 Commissioning a task force to revisit the Episcopal Church's theology of marriage and to suggest specific changes to the Book of Common Prayer consideration by General Convention 2012 Giving permission for clergy to ignore the marriage rubrics and modify the marriage rites in those states that recognize same-gender marriages/partnerships
Which type of resolution do you think would be most effective at moving the Episcopal Church AHEAD on liturgical marriage equality?

* How do you think your deputies and bishop[s] would vote on the following issues at General Convention?

  GREEN [would vote for LGBT interests] YELLOW [could go either way] RED [would vote against LGBT interests] UNKNOWN
CLERICAL deputies to nullify B033
CLERICAL deputies on MARRIAGE EQUALITY
LAY deputies to nullify B033
LAY deputies on MARRIAGE EQUALITY
BISHOPS to nullify B033
BISHOPS on MARRIAGE EQUALITY?

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