Same-Sex Marriage

Pastoral guidelines for same-sex marriages

Following the July 2016 vote at General Synod in favour of changing the Marriage Canon to include same-sex marriage, Archbishop Colin Johnson stated that he would consider the option to “permit same-sex marriages in the Church at the pastoral discretion of the Bishop and with the agreement of local clergy.”

On Nov. 10, 2016, Archbishop Johnson issued Pastoral Guidelines for Same-Sex Marriages. The guidelines follow from a process of consultation in the Diocese and are presented in order to offer a generous pastoral response to stable, committed same-sex relationships. They were accompanied by a letter to clergy of the Diocese of Toronto.

Currently, the parishes in the Diocese that are authorized to perform same-sex marriages are:

Pastoral guidelines on the blessing of same-gender commitments

On Nov. 3, 2010, Archbishop Colin Johnson issued Pastoral Guidelines for the Blessing of Same-Gender Commitments.  The guidelines follow from two decades of discussion in the Diocese and take into account the theological, biblical and political discussions across the wider Church. The guidelines were accompanied by a letter to clergy of the Diocese of Toronto.

Currently, the parishes in the Diocese that are authorized are:

Several other parishes are in a discernment phase.

See also: Human Sexuality page on the national church’s website.