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Anglican Church of Canada votes against same-sex unions
By CHARMAINE NORONHA
11 July 2016

TORONTO (AP) -- The Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted against authorizing same-sex marriages Monday after nearly a week of passionate debates about blessing such unions at the church's triennial conference.

More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 north of Toronto narrowly rejected the resolution after more than 60 speakers made their points, with most speaking in support of the resolution.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005, and Monday's vote puts the Anglican Church - the third largest in Canada - out of step with most Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recently took part in a gay pride parade in Toronto.

In order for the resolution to have passed, it required two-thirds support from each of three orders - the lay, clergy and bishops. The bishops voted 68.42 percent in favor of the resolution, and the lay delegates voted 72.22 percent in favor. However, the clergy voted 66.23 percent, just missing the percentage needed by a single vote.

The vote sparked bitter disappointment among some members. "It is breaking my heart that there are people who see gay marriage as a separation from God and from love," said Eliot Waddingham, 24, a transgender person from Ottawa, who was an observer at the conference. The vote, Waddingham worried, was tantamount to a "death sentence" for the church. "Woah. One vote," said Rev. Jeremy Smith in a tweet. "Prayers for all those wounded by the anti-LGBTQ vote."

The electronic voting was conducted secretly at the request of delegates as a privacy measure. Earlier, Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto cited his own decades of marriage in arguing in support of the motion. "I want my gay and lesbian colleagues to have the same joy," Johnson said. "I believe it's the right thing to do."

Some speakers urged delegates to reject the resolution, with one saying it would cause "ghettos of resentment" if allowed, while several aboriginal delegates denounced it as condoning an "abomination" and disobedience of God.

The General Synod is held every three years, and the vote was the culmination of work that began when the last General Synod, the church's legislative body, asked a panel to come up with a draft motion. Even if it had passed, the decision would have needed to be affirmed by the next General Synod in 2019, which could have made its own amendments. If the resolution passed, it would have changed the denomination's definition of marriage, and would have permitted clergy to officiate gay marriages.

The vote followed complaints about bullying during weekend discussions on the resolution in smaller working groups. In remarks ahead of the vote, Archbishop Fred Hiltz urged respectful discussions on a topic that has proven bitterly divisive. "Some members of our synod are deeply hurt. Some of them are deeply offended. Some are feeling unsafe to continue to speak lest they be reprimanded," Hiltz told the gathering. "This kind of behavior is not appropriate. It's unacceptable."

About 1.6 million Canadians identify themselves as Anglican, according to Statistics Canada. The U.S. Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, is alone among Anglican bodies in approving gay marriage and has faced a backlash for its support of same-sex unions. Earlier this year, Anglican leaders temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. Other Anglican national churches in Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland have taken steps toward accepting same-sex relationships.

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Anglican Church of Canada votes against same-sex unions
By CHARMAINE NORONHA
11 July 2016

TORONTO (AP) -- The Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted against authorizing same-sex marriages Monday after nearly a week of passionate debates about blessing such unions at the church's triennial conference.

More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 north of Toronto narrowly rejected the resolution after more than 60 speakers made their points, with most speaking in support of the resolution.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005, and Monday's vote puts the Anglican Church - the third largest in Canada - out of step with most Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recently took part in a gay pride parade in Toronto.

In order for the resolution to have passed, it required two-thirds support from each of three orders - the lay, clergy and bishops. The bishops voted 68.42 percent in favor of the resolution, and the lay delegates voted 72.22 percent in favor. However, the clergy voted 66.23 percent, just missing the percentage needed by a single vote.

The vote sparked bitter disappointment among some members. "It is breaking my heart that there are people who see gay marriage as a separation from God and from love," said Eliot Waddingham, 24, a transgender person from Ottawa, who was an observer at the conference. The vote, Waddingham worried, was tantamount to a "death sentence" for the church. "Woah. One vote," said Rev. Jeremy Smith in a tweet. "Prayers for all those wounded by the anti-LGBTQ vote."

The electronic voting was conducted secretly at the request of delegates as a privacy measure. Earlier, Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto cited his own decades of marriage in arguing in support of the motion. "I want my gay and lesbian colleagues to have the same joy," Johnson said. "I believe it's the right thing to do."

Some speakers urged delegates to reject the resolution, with one saying it would cause "ghettos of resentment" if allowed, while several aboriginal delegates denounced it as condoning an "abomination" and disobedience of God.

The General Synod is held every three years, and the vote was the culmination of work that began when the last General Synod, the church's legislative body, asked a panel to come up with a draft motion. Even if it had passed, the decision would have needed to be affirmed by the next General Synod in 2019, which could have made its own amendments. If the resolution passed, it would have changed the denomination's definition of marriage, and would have permitted clergy to officiate gay marriages.

The vote followed complaints about bullying during weekend discussions on the resolution in smaller working groups. In remarks ahead of the vote, Archbishop Fred Hiltz urged respectful discussions on a topic that has proven bitterly divisive. "Some members of our synod are deeply hurt. Some of them are deeply offended. Some are feeling unsafe to continue to speak lest they be reprimanded," Hiltz told the gathering. "This kind of behavior is not appropriate. It's unacceptable."

About 1.6 million Canadians identify themselves as Anglican, according to Statistics Canada. The U.S. Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, is alone among Anglican bodies in approving gay marriage and has faced a backlash for its support of same-sex unions. Earlier this year, Anglican leaders temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. Other Anglican national churches in Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland have taken steps toward accepting same-sex relationships.

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Anglicans recount same-sex votes, resolution now passes
By CHARMAINE NORONHA
12 July 2016

TORONTO (AP) -- A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged Tuesday, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure.

More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution Monday night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage. However, on Tuesday - the last day of the triennial conference - some members stood up to say their ballot had not been recorded during voting late Monday, when the resolution failed to pass by a single vote.

Delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records, which lead to a recount. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the church then declared the resolution in favor of same-sex marriage passed. Dr. Michael Thompson, the general secretary of the church, said that the electronic voting system the church used had miscoded his electronic vote. "I was listed, and my vote was counted as a lay person instead of a priest. This one vote changed the outcome of the resolution...to amend the marriage canon," said Thompson.

The church has three years to consider and comment on this resolution. In 2019, the resolution will undergo a second reading at the General Synod. To pass, the resolution required two-thirds support from each of three orders - the lay, clergy and bishops.

Meghan Kilty, the director of communications for the Anglican Church of Canada said before the recount Tuesday that 155 delegates voted in favor of the resolution and 68 against it, with three members abstaining from the vote. The initial outcome on Monday night, which followed a bitter and divisive debate, stunned those on hand into silence. Some wept openly, others embraced. Some were clearly in anguish.

Before the vote recount Tuesday afternoon, Toronto's Archbishop on Tuesday joined several other prominent clergymen who say they will bless same-sex marriages regardless. Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.

About 1.6 million Canadians identify themselves as Anglican, according to Statistics Canada. The U.S. Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, is alone among Anglican bodies in approving gay marriage and has faced a backlash for its support of same-sex unions. Earlier this year, Anglican leaders temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. Other Anglican national churches in Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland have taken steps toward accepting same-sex relationships.

Source: AP

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More than 100 men arrested in Canada child sex case: police
21 April 2017

Montreal (AFP) -- Police in Toronto today announced the arrests of more than 100 men accused of using the internet to solicit sex with minors as young as 13.

In all, 104 men were arrested over a four-year period, said Detective-Sergeant Thai Truong, who headed the investigation. Police launched the inquiry after discovering in 2013 that a third of women prostitutes arrested in the Toronto suburb of York were aged 18 or less, with an average age just under 15.

Officers pretending to be young girls posted online ads. When potential clients were told the “girls” were aged 13 to 16, most men dropped the matter, but 104 attempted to arrange meetings and were subsequently arrested.

So far, 35 of the 104 have pleaded guilty or confessed, leading to prison terms of three to seven months. The other cases are still before the courts. Ten of the arrests were made in 2014, 22 in 2015, 53 last year and 19 so far this year.

Police said dismantling child prostitution rings was always difficult: young people pressed into prostitution sometimes live in fear and are not always willing to denounce their pimps. Of 85 adolescents arrested on prostitution-related charges in Toronto-area hotels, only 49 have denounced their pimps or the people who sold them into prostitution, Truong said.

Police had tried to help the young people, providing services or reuniting them with family members, he said. But even when the young women showed signs of bruising or other abuse, many refused to identify the aggressors.

Source: AFP

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