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Resolution Number: 1976-B101
Title: Study the Matter of the Ordination of Homosexuals
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Substituted and Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this 65th General Convention direct the Joint Commission on the Church in Human Affairs to study in depth the matter of the ordination of homosexual persons and report its findings, along with recommendations, to the Church at large for study (and especially to the Bishops, Standing Committees, Commissions of the National Church), to the next General Convention, and be it further

Resolved, That all diocesan studies of this subject be forwarded to the Joint Commission on the Church in Human Affairs for study, and distribution where pertinent.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Minneapolis 1976 (New York: General Convention, 1977), p. C-110.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author:
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on Ministry

House of Deputies

On the Tenth Day, Deputy Collins (Atlanta) presented Report #13 of the Committee on Ministry on Resolutions B-101, B-102, and D-58 and moved the following substitute resolution:

Whereas, there is lack of agreement both among theologians and among those engaged in the scientific study of homosexuality, and

Whereas, General Convention is now proposing a study of human sexuality as a major concern for the whole Church; therefore, be it

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that this 65th General Convention direct the Joint Commission on the Church in Human Affairs to study in depth the matter of the ordination of homosexual persons and report its findings, along with recommendations, to the Church at large for study (and especially to the Bishops, Standing Committees, Commissions of the National Church), to the next General Convention, and be it further

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that all diocesan studies of this subject be forwarded to the Joint Commission on the Church in Human Affairs for study, and distribution where pertinent.

Deputy Searfoss (Bethlehem) moved a substitute resolution.

Resolution failed

Deputy Meredith (Southern Virginia) moved the following substitute resolution:

Resolved, that the House of Deputies respectfully request the Bishops of the Episcopal Church to refrain from ordaining practicing homosexuals until such time as this Church, by vote of the General Convention, officially approves the same.

A vote by orders was requested by the delegation from Southwest Florida on the substitute resolution moved by Deputy Meredith, the results of which are as follows:

Clergy    
109 votes 55 needed for affirmative action    
50--Yes 43--No 16--Divided
     
Lay    
108 votes 55 needed for affirmative action    
56--Yes 42--No 10--Divided

Resolution lost in the clergy order

The following deputations requested that they be polled, as follows:

Central Pennsylvania

Clerical Lay

Lloyd   Yes   Thomas   No
Weitzel   Yes   Stewardt   Yes
Jones   No   Whitney   No
Sherman   Yes   Railing   Yes
             
Spokane            
             
Clerical       Lay    
Campbell   Yes   Shields   Yes
Cooms   Yes   Storey   Yes
Wood   Yes   Rheberg   Yes
Williams   Yes   Melville   Yes
             
Western New York            
             
Clerical       Lay    
Birney   Yes   Rudd   No
Kryder   Yes   Berger, Ruth   Yes
Hutton   Yes   Berger, Benjamin   No
Howard   No   Montgomery   No

The main motion, the substitute resolution presented by the Committee on Ministry in Report #13, being before the House, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution adopted

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #158)

House of Bishops

On the Eleventh Day, the Secretary read Message #158 from the House of Deputies--B-101.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #209)

Abstract:   The 65th General Convention directs a study of the ordination of homosexual persons.
Notes:  

1976-B101 is identical to resolutions 1976-B102 and -D058 which were reported out together by the legislative committee. The Journal, 1976 does not record any of these resolutions as withdrawn in favor of a single substitute resolution.