Canada’s Anglican Church has discovered, after a voting mishap, that it actually voted to allow same-sex marriage.
Members said their votes had not been recorded on Monday, when the passage of the resolution failed by a single vote.
Delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records, and it turned out it had actually passed.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz said: ‘That is our reality…the motion is in fact carried in all three orders’.
This means clergy in the Anglican Church of Canada can now perform same-sex marriages.
‘Same-sex marriage. In the church. In my lifetime,’ tweeted Lauren Bryant-Monk, of Halifax. ‘I’m so proud to be Anglican today.’
The resolution will need affirmation by the next synod in 2019 before it becomes church law.
‘This is the best news I have heard in a long time!’ tweeted Marlene Wells, from Nova Scotia. ‘My weepy day has ended; let’s celebrate.’
Toronto Archbishop Colin Johnson said he wanted his gay and lesbian colleagues ‘to share the joy’ and he believes most Anglicans support same-sex marriage.