The Episcopal Church's General Convention in July approved by overwhelming majorities three resolutions dealing with sexuality.
One resolution affirmed traditional marriage while calling for a special rite to bless "relationships of mutuality and fidelity other than marriage." These relationships are to be characterized by "fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful honest communication and love," the resolution states.
After the vote, when reporters asked delegates if the rite supports unmarried heterosexual couples' living together, a Michigan voter said it moved the church in that direction.
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