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Resolution Number: 1976-A071
Title: Support the Right of Homosexuals to Equal Protection of the Law
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Submitted
Final Text:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this General Convention expresses its conviction that homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens, and calls upon our society to see that such protection is provided in actuality.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Minneapolis 1976 (New York: General Convention, 1977), p. C-109.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author: The Joint Commission on the Church in Human Affairs
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

House of Deputies

On the Tenth Day, Deputy Roca (Arizona) presented Report #4 of the Committee on Social and Urban Affairs on Resolution A-71, as follows, and moved it be removed from the table and that it be adopted:

Original Text of Resolution:

(A071)

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that this General Convention expresses its conviction that homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens, and calls upon our society to see that such protection is provided in actuality.

Deputy Plowe (South Dakota) moved that the matter be postponed.

Motion defeated

The previous question being called for, the delegation from Southwest Florida called for a vote by orders.

Ballot #14 was taken, the results of which were announced by the Chair, as follows:

Clergy
113 votes cast; 57 needed for affirmative action
98--Yes 13--No 2--Divided
     
Lay
110 votes cast; 56 needed for affirmative action
69--Yes 26--No 15--Divided

Resolution adopted

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #148)

House of Bishops

On the Tenth Day, the Secretary read Message #148, A-71.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #201)

Report Reference:   Journal, 1976, p. AA-154.
Abstract:   The 65th General Convention expresses its conviction that homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens.