BY MORE than two-thirds majorities, the clergy and laity of
Perth Synod have voted to recognise diversity within the diocese
"both in our sexual identities and in our theologies of human
The synod has also noted the support of many Anglicans for
same-sex civil unions, and acknowledged that "legal recognition of
same-sex relationships may coexist with legal recognition of
marriage between a man and a woman".
The resolution is not final until the Archbishop, the Most Revd
Roger Herft, has given his assent. He has 30 days in which to
decide his response.
The mover of the motion, the Revd Chris Bedding, said that while
the Church was not yet ready to have "marriage-like" ceremonies for
same-sex couples in churches, "we wanted to say that if the
government has civil recognition of unions or equality, then we are
comfortable with that". The motion sent a message of compassion, he
said. "That was the mood of the Anglican Church over the weekend.
We love, and care about, and want to welcome and include people of
all kinds of sexual identity."