The blessing of civil marriages between same-sex couples can now take place in the Anglican diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
A resolution giving priests and parishes the option to bless same-sex unions was approved by a majority vote at the 143rd synod of the diocese in Halifax last May.
Parishes and clergy are free to opt out of blessing same-sex unions, the diocesan bishop, Sue Moxley, told Anglican Journal. Bishop Moxley added that parishes will need “to decide where they want to be with a pastoral response” on the issue.
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island becomes the eighth diocese within the Anglican Church of Canada to move forward with same-sex blessings