Interim Policies Approved for Australia
The Australia National Conference was held June 2, 2012. After years of study, dialogue, and prayer, church members gathered at the Drummoyne Congregation in Sydney to address one topic: whether ordination should be open to people who are in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships.
After hearing multiple perspectives, including views from international representatives, the Australia National Conference, by more than the required two-thirds majority, made the following recommendation to the First Presidency and the Council of Twelve Apostles:
We support the ordination of individuals who are called by God through the processes established by Community of Christ, who are in long-term, committed, homosexual relationships, i.e. de facto relationships (this is a legally recognized relationship status in Australia for same-sex and opposite-sex couples), and recommend that the First Presidency and the Council of Twelve Apostles proceed to prepare and implement policy allowing these calls to be considered, and, if approved, for ordinations to proceed within the Australia Mission Centre.
After extensive discussion of national conference recommendations, interim policies regarding same-sex/gender orientation ordination have been approved by the Council of Twelve and the First Presidency for Australia. 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.