Questions about the integrity of the voting process in which Anglicans narrowly rejected a resolution to allow same-sex marriage emerged Tuesday, and led to a stunning reversal of the result.
Some members stood up to say their votes had not been recorded during voting late Monday, when passage of the resolution failed by a single vote.
“That is an issue of concern,” said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the church. “We cannot leave this synod with this kind of confusion.”
To pass, the resolution required two-thirds of each of three orders — lay, clergy and bishops. The clergy failed to reach that threshold by one vote that was apparently not counted because it was counted in the lay order.
The error was discovered after delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records.
Hiltz then declared the resolution in favour of same-sex marriage had passed.
“That is our reality,” Hiltz told stunned delegates. “That the motion is in fact carried in all three orders.”
The resolution still needs affirmation by the next synod in 2019 before it becomes church law.
The Canadian Press