Sorry but my schedule is terrifically intense and dangerously deadlined re a major funding application. So my reply to questions to the post below is postponed until ... I have some spare time. After the deadline?
In the meantime life and Anglican debates go on, so why not pop over to the States, or stay there if you are already there?
The Living Church has a useful lead in article with links to unfolding discussion and debate as TEC's General Convention looms into view and thus the imminence of proposed change to TEC marriage canons is well, imminent. Tobias Haller's blog features among the links.
UPDATE: Tim Stanley, reflecting on the just announced (as I write) news that Ireland has overwhelmingly voted in a referendum for same sex marriage to be legalised, offers this:
"Why were the forces behind Yes so overwhelming?
Well, it could just be that the case for gay marriage is so strong – that the siren call of equality was irresistible.
It could also be that the No side’s arguments were out of touch with how the West now views not only gay rights but the institution of marriage itself.
No campaigners kept on talking about the importance of parenthood – as though marriage was still a legal contract entered into with the express purpose or hope of raising children. But this traditional understanding of marriage has long since passed away. It’s about love, children are not necessarily a priority, and religion is window dressing.
Given this tectonic shift in attitudes towards marriage, it’s going to be harder and harder to insist that it be limited to just a man and a woman – or even just to two people."
Stanley, incidentally, in my experience of his writings is a deeply sympathetic Catholic, so his words above are not his personal criticism of the traditional understanding of the institution of marriage. Rather he is attempting to capture the Zeitgeist of Ireland.
I reckon he captures the Zeitgeist sweeping the whole Western world!
The [Anglican] Church of Ireland has posted a response to the referendum here.