if you're going to do something, do it deliberately knowing the consequences of what you are doing...
Whereas previous reference to same sex marriage was only "that the 38th General Council call upon the Government of Canada to recognize same sex marriages in the marriage legislation"; and
Whereas the General Council has not yet authorized same sex marriage; and
Whereas statements and ruling from the General Council offices are seen as de facto authorization of same sex marriage; and
Whereas statement that congregations might refuse same sex marriages where the religious body publicly recognizes same sex marriage is legally questionable; and
Whereas statements respecting same sex marriage are legally difficult to retract; and
Whereas statement that "...no congregation or minister can be forced to officiate at a same-sex marriage unwillingly" is legally not enforceable by the religious body and is complicated where the religious body publicly recognizes same sex marriage; and
Whereas the consequential legal implications related to same sex marriage should be deliberate and not by default;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 39th General Council affirm
the courts of responsibility relating to marriage are
"oversight of the spiritual interests of the Pastoral Charge" [basis 5.8.4]; and
"the order of public worship, including the service of praise and the use of the church edifice" [basis 5.10.1(5)]; and
"the oversight of the conduct of members of the Order of Ministry on its roll" [basis 6.4.16].