On Biblical Sexuality And The Freedom Of Conscience

June 15, 2016

WHEREAS, In the beginning God created male and female in His image as the crowning act of Creation (Genesis 1:26–27); and WHEREAS, Marriage is between one man and one woman, ordered by God toward the union of the spouses, the means of procreation, formative of family, and foundational to the common good of society (Genesis […]

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Archiepiscopal Directive On Same-Sex Marriage

October 29, 2015

Christ is in our Midst!  At the recently concluded meeting of the hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the attached directive was reviewed and approved for distribution to all of our clergy and laity. PrologueThe holy Church offers to her spiritual children the tender and sweet milk of the Gospel and […]

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End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Marriages

July 31, 2012

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That we understand the Episcopal Church to be in a period of discernment about the meaning of Christian marriage, with faithful people holding divergent views; and be it further

Resolved, that the 77th General Convention urge members of the U.S. Congress to repeal federal laws that have a discriminatory effect on same-gender civilly married couples, and to pass legislation to allow the U.S. federal government to provide benefits to those couples.

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Create Task Force on Study of Marriage

July 31, 2012

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention direct the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies to appoint a task force of not more than twelve people, consisting of theologians, liturgists, pastors, and educators, to identify and explore biblical, theological, historical, liturgical, and canonical dimensions of marriage; and be it further,

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On Protecting The Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA)

August 15, 2011

WHEREAS, The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 was passed with overwhelming majorities in the 104th Congress (House: 342-67; Senate: 85-14); and

WHEREAS, The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law by President William J. Clinton on September 21, 1996; and

WHEREAS, The Defense of Marriage Act defines the words marriage, spouse, husband and wife for the purpose of application to United States law; and

WHEREAS, The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife”; and

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On Covenant Marriage, June 2001

August 3, 2010

WHEREAS, The family is the first institution established by God (Genesis 2:18-25; Ephesians 5:22-33) and is ordained by God as the basic unit of society (Genesis 1:26-31); and

WHEREAS, Marriage is a sacred covenant between one man, one woman, and a holy God, intended for life (Matthew 19:4-9; Romans 7:2); and

WHEREAS, Marriage is honorable and is the only context for appropriate sexual expression according to biblical standards (Hebrews 13:4); and

WHEREAS, Increasingly, the institution of marriage is being attacked from many directions; and

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On Supporting A Federal Marriage Amendment, June 2004

August 3, 2010

WHEREAS, Marriage is the foundation of the God-ordained institution of the family (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-8); and

WHEREAS, The union of one man and one woman is the only form of marriage prescribed in the Bible as God’s perfect design for the family (Genesis 2:24; Hebrews 13:4); and

WHEREAS, This traditional family is the fabric of all social order and the foundational institution that builds and maintains strong societies; and

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