Anglican Church votes against 'prayers of blessing' for same-sex civil unions

The majority voted against the proposal to allow "prayers of blessing" for same-sex civil unions.

A rainbow flag, representing equality for members of the LGBTI community. Picture: Stock.xchng

CAPE TOWN - The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has voted against a proposal to allow "prayers of blessing" to be offered to people in same-sex civil unions.

This came out at the church's Provincial Synod, its top legislative body, yesterday.

Anglican Church leaders from the northern suburbs of Cape Town to the Namibian border voted during the church's Synod.

The initial motion before the Synod 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.

This motion was withdrawn before the debate began.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba told the Synod there would be a "palpable pain" in the church over the vote, before reading the results.

Makgoba said the issue could be discussed again at the next Provincial Synod in 2019 and at the worldwide meeting of Anglican bishops in 2020.