Statement regarding Diocesan Synod motion
The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith said: “The motion came from three deanery synods concerned to respond to requests from same-sex couples in the diocese.
“Clergy are already encouraged to respond pastorally and sensitively when approached.
“The motion which is part of a much wider debate asks for guidance on materials to be used in affirming and praying with same-sex couples.”
Full motion text:
“That this Synod request the House of Bishops to commend an Order of Prayer and Dedication after the registration of a civil partnership or a same sex marriage for use by ministers in exercise of their discretion under Canon B4, being a form of service neither contrary to, nor indicative of any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in any essential matter, together with guidance that no parish should be obliged to host, nor minister conduct, such a service.”
Result: Synod voted with 41 in favour, 18 against, 4 abstained.