The Waiapu Diocesan Synod has affirmed that sexual orientation is no barrier to ordination, and is asking for a liturgy to bless same-sex relationships.
The full motion is:
Given that Waiapu has followed a policy of sexual orientation not being a barrier to ordination; and given that there is not and has not been an agreed "moratorium" on ordinations of those in same-sex relationships;
a) this Synod affirms that sexual orientation is not a barrier to ordination, and
b) this Synod asks General Synod to move forward with the provision of an authorised liturgy for the blessing of same sex relationships to be adopted by dioceses who wish to do so.
The mover was Rev Brian Dawson, and the seconder Rev Jo Crosse.
All sides of the three-hour debate were well represented. Synod chose to deal with each clause separately and voted in houses. Both clauses were passed by more than a 90% majority.
In a separate motion, synod rejected the proposed Anglican Covenant by a 99.5% majority.