thisthe 76th General Convention recognize that individualsgay and lesbian persons who are part of such relationships have responded to God's call and have exercised various ministries in and on behalf of God's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church over the centuriesand are currently doing so in our midst , often without the church's recognition of their lifelong committed relationships and the blessings bestowed by such relationships; and be it further
thisthe 76th General Convention affirm that God has called and may call such individuals, like any other baptized members,to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church, which call is tested in our politythrough our discernment processes carried out under Canon IIIacting in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church and the canons of its dioceses; and be it further
thisthe 76th General Convention acknowledge that , while themembers of The Episcopal Church , like those in our sister Provincesas of the Anglican Communion, based on careful study of the Holy Scriptures, and in light of tradition and reason, are not allof one mind on this issue, and thatChristians of good conscience , based on careful study of the Holy Scriptures, may disagree about this issue, the validity of the Church's sacraments comes from the action of the Holy Spirit in and through them, not from the frail humans celebrating them in God's namedisagree about some of these matters.
I'm sorry they didn't include bisexuals and transgendered persons as well, but at least we finally see those two words (gay/lesbian) in print in a good piece of legislation.
But the question really is, will the bishops go for it? I doubt it. To be blunt, I don't think they have the balls to stand up to Rowan and the bigots of the so called "global south." Let's all pray that I have to eat my words.
Make sure to read today's Convention Daily and in particular the article Restraint, or welcome by the Episcopal Church by Melodie Woerman.
UPDATE: Episcopal Life has posted on this issue.