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Resolution Number: 2006-A095
Title: Reaffirm Support of Gay and Lesbian Persons
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm The Episcopal Church’s historical support of gay and lesbian persons as children of God and entitled to full civil rights; and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm the 71st General Convention’s action calling upon “municipal council, state legislatures and the United States Congress to approve measures giving gay and lesbian couples protection[s] such as: bereavement and family leave policies; health benefits; pension benefits; real-estate transfer tax benefits; and commitments to mutual support enjoyed by non-gay married couples"; and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention oppose any state or federal constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex civil marriage or civil unions.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Columbus, 2006 (New York: General Convention, 2007), p. 704.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author: The Standing Commission on National Concerns
Originating House: House of Bishops
Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

House of Bishops

The House of Bishops Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report #7 on Resolution A095 (Gay and Lesbian Affirmation) and moved adoption.

Original Text of Resolution:

(A095)

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm The Episcopal Church’s historical support of gay and lesbian persons as children of God and entitled to full civil rights; and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm the 71st General Convention’s action calling upon “municipal council, state legislatures and the United States Congress to approve measures giving gay and lesbian couples protection[s] such as: bereavement and family leave policies; health benefits; pension benefits; real-estate transfer tax benefits; and commitments to mutual support enjoyed by non-gay married couples"; and be it further

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention oppose any state or federal constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex civil marriage or civil unions.

Bishop Allison moved an amendment.

Proposed Amendment:

Substitute the word “persons” to the word “believers” in the first resolve clause.

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

The Bishop Suffragan of Virginia moved an amendment.

Proposed Amendment:

Delete the third resolve clause.

A vote was taken on the amendment.

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

A vote was taken on Resolution A095.

Motion carried

Resolution adopted

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #132)

House of Deputies

The House of Deputies Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report # 5 on HB Message #132 on Resolution A095 (Gay and Lesbian Affirmation) and moved concurrence.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #233)

Resolution Concurred by Both Houses, June 21.

Report Reference:   Reports to the 75th General Convention, 2006, p. 269.
Abstract:   The 75th General Convention reaffirms the Episcopal Church's historical support of gay and lesbian persons.