Anglican Synod fails to approve gay marriages

NZ Herald 13 May 2016
Gay Anglicans are reacting with a mix of fury and resignation after the Anglican Synod today failed to approve the blessing of gay marriages.

Wellington Anglican Paul Day posted on Facebook that he was leaving the Church for a second time “over the ongoing hatred they show for people like me”.

“I know you must be writing this with the collective fury we all feel right now,” he said on the page of the liberal church St-Matthew-in-the-City.

St Matthew’s vicar Rev Helen Jacobi, who was an observer at the General Synod in Napier, said: “Today I hang my head in shame.”

Massey University social work professor Mark Henrickson, who led a research project on New Zealand’s gay community, said he was a lifelong Anglican but withdrew from the Church two years ago when it set up a working party on how to “bless” gay unions without actually marrying them in church.

“I have disassociated myself from the Church for the last two years since the last General Synod and I don’t see any reason to amend that decision now,” he said.

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