After the Integrity Eucharist at which he was recognized for his work for equality, Bishop Ely posed for a photo with Integrity USA founder Louie Clay and his Husband Ernest.
On the fifth day of legislative business (June 29), Bishop Ely introduced two key marriage resolutions to the House of Bishops. As he gave his introductory statement and continued to answer questions and explain elements of the complex resolutions, the House of Deputies News Twitter feed commended him for his “patient heavy lifting in debate.” Also on Twitter, the Rev. Susan Russell argued “if you’re not streaming the HoB [House of Bishops] you are missing @BishopVT10 [Bishop Ely] in a brilliantly prophetic moment.”
The resolutions passed with 129 voting yes, 26 voting no and 5 abstensions. Bishop Ely reported that he was “joyous with the results in the House of Bishops on A054 and A036. Many LBTQ people and allies worked hard and reamained faithful in bringing us to this day.”
That evening, Integrity USA, a nonprofit organization of LGBTQ Episcopalians and straight friends celebrating its 40th anniversary, hosted an Integrity Eucharist in the worship space at General Convention. The Rev. Susan Russell recognized Bishop Ely for his tireless work for equality. He was given a standing ovation by the large crowd. A proud moment for the Vermonters present.