End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Marriages

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

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)

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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A Call to Affirmation, Confession and Covenant Regarding Human Sexuality, 1987

A Call to Affirmation
We affirm that sexuality is a good and beautiful gift of God, a gift of identity, and a way of being in
the world as male and female.

We affirm that we can feel positive about our bodies and our sexuality because we are created in
God’s image and know our Creator.

We affirm that sexual drives are a real part of our lives, but that the satisfaction of those drives is
not the chief good in life.

We affirm both the goodness of singleness and the goodness of marriage and family in the Lord.

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Doctrine and Covenants Section 164

Serious questions about moral behavior and relationships continue to arise in many nations. These issues are complex and difficult to understand outside their particular settings because of strikingly different cultural histories, customs, and understandings of scripture. For example, the issues include female submission, female genital mutilation, child brides, forced marriages, and sexual permissiveness.

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Resolution On Strengthening The Marriage Covenant, June 1998

WHEREAS, Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime; and

WHEREAS, The husband and wife forming a two-parent family is God’s ideal, ordained by God to perform a unique role in the birth, loving discipline, and nurture of children; and

WHEREAS, American culture and public policy have failed to prevent a dramatic decline in the number of traditional two-parent families; and

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On Covenant Marriage, June 2001

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

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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