Episcopal Church Votes to Remove Word 'Obey' From Brides' Marriage Vows Hot

Episcopal Church Votes to Remove Word 'Obey' From Brides' Marriage Vows

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Meeting in Portland, Oregon, the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church votes 36-27 to remove the word "obey" from the bride's section of wedding vows.

If the House of Deputies agrees, the proposal will be submitted to a vote of the General Convention in three years.

Another proposal to eliminate the phrase "with my worldly good I thee endow" from the bride's section of the vows was sent back to the commission for reconsideration.

Bishop James R. Winchester of Arkansas is one of those who objects to this change:

"I don't see any reason why we should leave out the word 'obey.' I want to register my protest. Anybody who has had experience knows that this makes for solidarity of the family."

Bishop Bratton of Mississippi agrees:

"I stand for the solidarity of the family, and every family must have a head. The Christian family must have a head and yet it must be a partnership."

Bishop Charles P. Anderson of Chicago supports the change:

"Obedience is the relation between parent and child, not between partners."

Bishop James H. Darlington of Harrisburg agrees:

"This country is the only one in the world where this old form of promise remains. Ours is the only service in any of the Catholic churches which still has this medieval phraseology."

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