By a 111-41 vote, the bishops of the Episcopal Church have voted to approve a rite for the blessing of homosexual relationships.

Some Episcopal Church leaders spoke out against the measure.

“It is reasonable to believe that vowed fidelity that is exclusive and lifelong to one other person is predicated on sexual difference,” said Bishop John Bauerschmidt of Tennessee. “This liturgy that is proposed does not have the basis in Scripture, tradition or reason for us to authorize its use.”

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