(Anglican Ink) Episcopal priest clarifies her support for polygamy

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Ms. Tumminio told Anglican Ink that she was “not advocating for a change in The Episcopal Church's teaching on marriage to accommodate plural relationships. If, for instance, I was asked to perform a plural marriage, I would decline, explaining that it is not in line with the Doctrine and Discipline of The Episcopal Church.”

Her support for polygamy was not theological, but based on libertarian principles and a belief in civil religious toleration.

“Like most Americans, however, I do place enormous value on religious freedom, and so I hope that other Americans will be afforded the same freedoms that I am given. To that end, if plural marriage is a central part of another person's traditions, and if they want to practice plural marriage within the boundaries of their own faith and the limits of the law, then I have no opposition to that.”

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Posted December 20, 2013 at 6:08 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. David Keller wrote:

I never ponder why I left TEC, but if I did, this would be a good place to start.  I hope her bishop issues her a Godly admonishment. BTW all those people who say supporting homosexual marriage won’t undermine Christian marriage remain WRONG; and here’s a pretty good example.

December 20, 9:59 am | [comment link]
2. David Keller wrote:

Also, I know she said she doesn’t support plural marriage because it violates the C&C of TEC; but that’s how this whole downward slide in TEC started in the first place.  When it is a matter of some idiot bishop’s “conscience” he goes ahead and does it anyway and rather than the HoB disciplining him, they then all start doing the “new thing”. After awhile, they make it part of the C&C, and eventually persecute those who, both lay and clergy, who think differently.

December 20, 10:10 am | [comment link]
3. Formerly Marion R. wrote:

Ms. Tumminio told Anglican Ink that she was “not advocating for a change in The Episcopal Church’s teaching on marriage to accommodate plural relationships. If, for instance, I was asked to perform a plural marriage, I would decline, explaining that it is not in line with the Doctrine and Discipline of The Episcopal Church.”

This is an unfair position to put her in, not to speak of the hundreds of faithful Christians of polyamorous orientation. There must be a pastorally appropriate local option.

December 20, 11:20 am | [comment link]
4. TomRightmyer wrote:

According to the Clerical Directory she was born NYC 1981,
Yale BA 03, BDS at Yale MDiv 06, PhD Boston 12, Deacon 2010, Priest 2011 Connecticut, Quincy Mass 2011, Lincoln Mass 2012, Redeemer Lexington Mass 2012 and following. Married 2010 Eric Hansen.

December 20, 2:04 pm | [comment link]
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