The first vote, which passed 111-41, was for an official prayer service for same-sex unions. This is a provisional rite for the next three years, and it still has to be approved by the convention's deputies, but it does represent a significant step forward.
Bishops against the trial liturgy were worried it would send a message that the Episcopal Church as a whole is in favor of same-sex marriage. Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde countered that it was important to honor same-sex couples who have devoted their lives to Christ.
The second vote was for new anti-discrimination language for transgendered members of the church and clergy. Although some dioceses do ordain transgendered people, this was an "explicit statement of acceptance as churchwide policy."
Reverend Carla Robinson, a vicar of All Saints Church in Seattle, spoke in favor of the amendment.
I stand here as a priest today because my diocese specifically said that my gender identity and expression didn't disqualify me from the discernment process. I ask that as a church we do the same for my trans sisters and brothers.
The new language was approved by the full convention.
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