UK Anglicans vote to penalize The Episcopal Church over same-sex marriage

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (photo: StarHeal)
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Anglicans are suspending The Episcopal Church over the issue of same-sex marriage. The decision affecting U.S. congregations was made on Thursday, Jan. 14 in England.

Last June Episcopalians voted to change their church law to allow same-sex marriage. Following that vote, they adopted a new wedding ceremony that can be used by all couples.

So, what does this latest decision mean for American churches? For three years, The Episcopal Church will not be allowed to participate in many of the Anglican communion's internal decisions. They're also banned from representing Anglicans in meetings with Christians and other faith groups.

According to the Episcopal News Service, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said for so many who are committed to following Jesus in the way of love and being a church that lives that love, this decision will bring real pain.