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JOHANNESBURG - The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has voted against the blessing of same-sex civil unions in South Africa.
The vote was taken by the church's top legislative body, the Provincial Synod.
Has the Anglican Church forgotten words of Tutu? “I would refuse to go to a homophobic Heaven. I would much rather go to the other place."— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) September 30, 2016
Same-sex marriages are allowed only under South African civil law.
The initial motion before the Synod also proposed that bishops could provide for clergy who identify as LGBTI and are in legal same-sex civil unions, to be licensed to minister in parishes.
But the proposers withdrew this section before debate began.
The church includes Anglicans in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and on the island of Saint Helena.
SA Anglican Church rejects “prayers of blessing” to be offered for people in same-sex unions. FULL STATEMENT. pic.twitter.com/GJMBMxEbQB— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) September 30, 2016