CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Attorneys for the Episcopal Church's Diocese of South Carolina will appeal a state judge's October decision to grant local residents ownership of property at All Saints parish in Pawleys Island.
The case stems from a theological split involving, among other things, Episcopal Church policy that lets local dioceses ordain sexually active homosexuals and perform ceremonies for gay couples.
The disputed property is headquarters for the conservative Anglican Mission in America, an outreach under the Anglican churches of Rwanda and Southeast Asia led by Bishop Charles Murphy, formerly All Saints' rector.
Circuit Judge John L. Breeden Jr. ruled that the 50-acre tract belongs to residents, not the diocese or denomination, under a trust deed dated 44 years before the Episcopal Church was constituted.
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