By Obinna Odenigbo
Cruise Nigeria can confirm that the Anglican Church has become the largest Christian denomination to bless same-sex relationships.
According to the BBC, the policy was overwhelmingly approved in a vote at the church’s general convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Church officials stressed the new ceremony, which includes prayers and an exchange of vows and rings, was not a same-sex marriage- even though, such technicalities are tough to fathom, given that RINGS and VOWS will be exchanged between the same-sex couple- and before the church altar and an audience.
It’s still uncertain how the Nigerian Anglican community would react to this development, given that same-sex acts in Nigeria, carry a hefty 14-year jail term- and in Sharia states up-north, could carry an outright death penalty.
What is certain though, is that this opens a lot of doors for gay christians- and an immense avenue for the Anglican communion to draw such christians into the fold.
Yesterday (Tuesday) nearly 80% of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies voted to authorise a three-year trial run for a provisional same-sex service.
A day earlier, the House of Bishops also resoundingly approved the new ceremony, which is called the “Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant”.
“I believe the Episcopal Church will continue to evolve on the issue of marriage equality and look forward to joining our brothers and sisters in being a headlight instead of taillight on marriage equality,” said the Rev Susan Russell, an Episcopal priest