An excerpt from a statement by the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada
As Deacons our ministries situate us as navigators of the often stormy waters between church, community and the world. These waters are stirred up through mis-understandings or historic hurts. However, the defeat of resolution A052-R2, proposed changes to the marriage canon, challenges deeply our ministry in the “public square”.
For many of us personally, the process and the decision has been shocking, hurtful, frustrating and deeply disappointing. We are not alone.
It is deeply confusing that a failure to change a canon at the national level by a small minority of our church is holding the church back from joyfully offering everyone, without restriction, the sacrament of marriage. This ‘no’ to same sex marriage seems devastating to our work as Deacons.