Delegates to the U.S. Episcopal Church’s annual convention have approved a provisional rite for blessing gay unions.
The resolution passed the church’s House of Deputies Tuesday afternoon with 78 percent approval in the lay order and 76 percent in the clergy order.
In the lay order, 86 deputies voted in favor, 19 against; five were divided. In the clergy order, 85 deputies voted in favor, 22 opposed the resolution and four were divided.
The Faith in Memphis panel will weigh in on this development in Saturday’s Faith in Memphis section.