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Resolution Number: 1985-D082
Title: Urge Dioceses to Reach a Better Understanding of Homosexuality
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Substituted
Final Text:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 68th General Convention urge each diocese of this Church to find an effective way to foster a better understanding of homosexual persons, to dispel myths and prejudices about homosexuality, to provide pastoral support, and to give life to the claim of homosexual persons "upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral care and concern of the Church" as recognized by the General Convention in 1976.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Anaheim, 1985 (New York: General Convention, 1986), p. 207.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author:
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

House of Deputies

Original Text of Resolution:

(D082)

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 68th General Convention urge each diocese of this Church to establish a Committee on Ministry to Homosexual Persons.

Proposed Committee Substitute:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 68th General Convention urge each diocese of this Church to establish a pastoral concerns committee on homosexuality to foster a better understanding of homosexual persons, to dispel myths and prejudices about homosexuality, to provide pastoral support, and to give life to the claim of homosexual persons "upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral care and concern of the Church" as recognized by the General Convention in 1976.

Deputy Snow of Alaska moved to amend the Substitute.

Proposed Amendment:

Replace the words "establish a pastoral concerns committee on homosexuality" with the words "find an effective way."

Motion carried

Amendment adopted

Deputy Madison of Olympia moved an amendment.

Proposed Amendment:

Insert the words "to work with local chapters of Integrity, where they exist," after the words "pastoral support."

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

Deputy Wirtz of Western Massachusetts moved an amendment.

Proposed Amendment:

Add the words "and if possible establish a pastoral concerns committee on homosexuality."

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

Vote on the previous question was taken.

Motion carried

Substitute resolution adopted

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #122)

House of Bishops

The following message was received from the House of Deputies:

HD Message #122: D082 Substitute (Ministry to Homosexual Persons).

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #150)

Resolution Concurred by Both Houses, September 12.

Abstract:   The 68th General Convention urges each diocese to foster a better understanding of homosexual persons.