Interim Policies Approved for Canada
The Community of Christ Canada National Conference was held June 16, 2012. After years of study, dialogue, and prayer, members connected through technology from 15 sites across the nation to address two issues: whether to permit ordination of people in same-gender marriages; and whether to allow priesthood to perform same-gender marriages.
After hearing multiple perspectives, including views from international representatives, the Canada National Conference, by more than the required two-thirds majority, made the following recommendations to the Community of Christ First Presidency and Council of Twelve Apostles:
- There be a change in policy to allow Community of Christ priesthood to perform the sacrament of marriage for same-gender couples in Canada (same-gender marriage is legal in Canada); and
- There be a change in policy to allow the sacrament of ordination for individuals in same-gender marriages in Canada.
After extensive discussion of national conference recommendations, interim policies regarding same-sex/gender orientation marriage and ordination have been approved by the Council of Twelve and the First Presidency for Canada. The policies are effective June 1, 2013, and will be evaluated after two years to determine if any updates or revisions are needed to address questions not previously anticipated.