Tennessee Episcopal Bishop Says His Diocese Will Not Perform Homosexual Marriages

(Photo: Dana Thomas) The Right Reverend John C. Bauerscimdt, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee.
(Photo: Dana Thomas)
The Right Reverend John C. Bauerscimdt, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee.

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee has announced that his regional body will not perform gay marriages.

In response to The Episcopal Church’s recent vote to recognize rites for gay marriages, the Right Reverend John C. Bauerscimdt released a statement stating that his diocese will not perform such unions.

“In 2012 the General Convention of the Episcopal Church authorized provisional rites for the blessing of same sex relationships, which might be used for the blessing of these relationships in churches under the direction and with the permission of the local bishop,” stated Rev. Bauerschimdt.

“Under these provisions I have not given direction or permission for the use of these rites. This policy remains unchanged.”

In his statement, Bauerschmidt also said that while the concept of civil marriage has interplay between church and state, marriage is an institution “that predates any civil code.”

“No court or legislature determines the practice of faith communities in regard to marriage,” continued Bauerschmidt.

Last week, the leadership of the Episcopal Church approved a change in the mainline denomination’s definition of marriage.

At the General Convention held in Salt Lake City, the denomination made a canonical change eliminating language that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

They also authorized two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples, changing the term “man and woman” with “couple.”

These changes for the Episcopal Church will take effect in December. As part of a compromise, bishops opposed to the new marriage rites can refuse to allow them in their dioceses.


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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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