The decision of the 13th Assembly
A process of discernment was initiated by Minute "12.31 Discussion Paper on Marriage" of the 13th Assembly which was in two parts.
Part (a) acknowledged that the current position on marriage was provided in the Eighth Assembly Minute 97.31.12. Part (b) requested the Doctrine Working Group to prepare a discussion paper on marriage and explore the implications for public covenants for same-gender relationships.
A comprehensive record of discussions prior to the 13th Assembly is presented in the paper by Rev. Dr Chris Walker Sexuality and Leadership – Documenting the History.