The Episcopal Church approved a ceremony Tuesday which would allow priests to bestow the church's blessing on same-sex unions, said The Associated Press.
The Episcopal General Convention approved the measure, which allows the rite to be performed even in states where same-sex marriage is illegal, 171 to 50 in Indianapolis Tuesday, said The New York Times.
According to Rev. Ruth Meyers, however, the church "is not in agreement in its understanding of marriage", and the rite remains a blessing for the time being, said The New York Times.
Episcopalians also voted on Monday to enact a policy which prevents discrimination against transgender clergy, said the AP.
Bishop Edward S. Little believes that "there will be some departures, but probably not massive," in response to the decisions, said The New York Times.