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“No” to gay marriage, “yes” to gay blessings Bishop of Georgia rules: Anglican Ink, November 16, 2012 November 16, 2012

Posted by geoconger in 77th General Convention, Anglican Ink, Georgia, The Episcopal Church.
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The Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase

The provisional rite for the Blessing of Same-Sex Couples adopted by the 77th General Convention in July is theologically deficient as it does not “distinguish between Holy Matrimony and a Blessing,” the Bishop of Georgia has told his diocese.

In a 16 November 2012 pastoral letter, the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase said he would permit clergy to use a locally adapted rite for the blessing of same-sex unions, but would not permit the rite to be used for same-sex marriage.

The bishop said that his views on same-sex blessings were well known and during the search process to elect a Bishop of Georgia he had “articulated my support for the Church establishing a Blessing Rite for same sex couples. That support remains and has not wavered.”

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

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