Target: Archbishop Fred Hiltz of the Canadian Anglican Church
Goal: Thank the Canadian Anglican Church for its progressive decision to recognize marriages of same-sex couples.
Canada’s Anglican Church has decided to allow and recognize marriages between couples of the same sex. Following the recent conflict of a voting miscount, the decision was finally reached in favor of equal treatment for same-sex couples.
Same-sex marriage has been legal and recognized in Canada since 2005, but it was left up to the individual churches to decide whether to recognize marriages or not. The majority of churches either ignored the issue and took a neutral stance, or actively opposed marriages between same-sex couples.
The issue has become divisive within the church, where liberal members feel that same-sex marriages are valid and conservative individuals hold a very traditional view opposed to equal treatment for gay and lesbian couples. Now, however, the tide has turned in favor of equality; the recent vote found a majority in favor of recognizing all marriages equally. Sign the petition below to thank the Canadian Anglican Church for choosing to take a stance that recognizes the validity of all people regardless of their sexual orientation.
Dear Archbishop Hiltz,
The recent vote by the Canadian Anglican Church in favor of equally recognizing same-sex marriages is a success for the LGBTQ community and for human rights in general. Hopefully more churches both in Canada and across the world will follow suit and stand in favor of equal treatment for all.
This is a small but certain step forward in recognizing and protecting the rights of all in social organizations, and is representative of the changing understanding of the people rather than the narrow-minded definition of equality enforced by the government. This is a move toward acceptance by all, and marks a brighter future for individuals who have not historically been accepted.
The vote was far from unanimous, and I’m aware that controversy could follow. This victory today does not mean a victory forever. However, I’m confident that those who stand on the side of progress will always be looked on favorably by history, and I hope that the Church’s support for equality will only strengthen through time.
[Your Name Here]
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