It was what Rev. Mike Stewart, rector of St. Matthew's Anglican Church, had referred to, in the service that preceded the march, as an "historic occasion."
The event was the culmination of a years-long battle between St. Matthew's – as well as three other Vancouver churches – and the Diocese of New Westminster, stemming from the issue of same-sex blessings.
St. Matthew's broke away from the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) to join the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) in 2008, maintaining that allowing the blessings is contrary to core Anglican doctrine.
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