Anglican diocese in Canada may bless gay unions
Anglicans in Vancouver and surrounding areas will vote tomorrow and Saturday on whether to allow priests to bless homosexual unions. Similar efforts passed in 1988 and 2001, but Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Michael Ingham withheld consent. If delegates to the diocesan synod pass the measure this time, however, Ingham says he'll approve it. New Westminster would then become the first Anglican diocese to officially bless homosexual relationships. The diocese is already in spin mode, emphasizing the difference between blessing and marriage ceremonies, but conservatives in the diocese—especially Asians—say they'll probably split if the measure is approved.

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