Updating church structure
In 2015, the Church's 78th annual General Convention passed resolutions allowing the blessing of same-sex marriages and approved two official liturgies to bless such unions, The Episcopal Church ordains women and LGBT people to the priesthood, the diaconate, and the episcopate, despite opposition from a number of other member churches of the global Anglican Communion.
In 2003, Gene Robinson was the first non-celibate openly gay person ordained as a bishop in documented Christian history.
The Episcopal Church describes itself as "Protestant, yet Catholic".
The Episcopal Church is an apostolic church, tracing its bishops back to the apostles via holy orders.
The Church of England was designated the established church in Virginia in 1609, in New York in 1693, in Maryland in 1702, in South Carolina in 1706, in North Carolina in 1730, and in Georgia in 1758.
From 1635 the vestries and the clergy came loosely under the diocesan authority of the Bishop of London.
In 2015, The church was organized after the American Revolution, when it became separate from the Church of England, whose clergy are required to swear allegiance to the British monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
In the 1928 BCP, the title page read, "According to the use of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America", whereas on the title page of the 1979 BCP it states, "'According to the use of The Episcopal Church".
The alternate name The Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) has never been an official name of the church but is commonly seen in English.
They were opposed by the church's evangelical wing, which felt that the "Protestant Episcopal" label accurately reflected the Reformed character of Anglicanism.
After 1877, alternative names were regularly proposed and rejected by the General Convention.