“The General Convention Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music Committee approved Resolution A049 to authorize for provisional use of “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant” beginning the first Sunday of Advent. The resolution now goes to the House of Bishops for action.
“The rite, subtitled ‘Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships,’ is part of ‘Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing,’ developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. Congregations and clergy could use the liturgy with their bishops’ permission.
The amended resolution includes a provision that conscientious objectors or supporters of the liturgy not be penalized.
Note that this resolution has only been approved at the committee level so far.