Marriage Equality

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July 8, 2009

"Marriage equality is a reality coming soon to a state near you," Bishop Gene Robinson told an overflow crowd at a July 8 hearing. He was speaking to a proposed resolution that calls for wider-than-usual latitude for bishops to allow blessings of gay and lesbian couples in states in which same-...

June 4, 2009

Clergy at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, are opting out of performing civil marriages until gay couples can legally wed--and are encouraging other clergy to do likewise, according to the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector. "At the heart of Jesus's moral vision and All Saints' historic...

May 25, 2009

Bishop Robert Bennett of the Diocese of Huron has asked a committee to begin to develop liturgies for a celebratory Eucharist and prayers for same-gender couples, but the service will not provide a nuptial blessing. He announced the plan, which closely resembles an approach previously chosen by...

April 23, 2009

During a hearing April 22 in Augusta, Maine, a representative of Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Steven Lane told legislators that they ought to "extend the rights and obligations of civil marriage to all Maine citizens." "To deny those rights to certain persons on the basis of sexual...

March 6, 2009

Bishop John Chapman of the Diocese of Ottawa has appointed a doctrine and worship committee to determine whether same-sex unions can be blessed on a limited basis in the diocese.

If the committee recommends that such blessings be allowed "in the spirit of experiential discernment,"...

February 23, 2009

Filmmaker Douglas Hunter didn't set out to befriend or even to film the Rev. Susan Russell when researching same-sex marriage for a new documentary, he told an audience at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, on February 22.

Rather, the 40-year-old father of three wanted...

February 1, 2009

The bishops of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto are proposing to respond pastorally in the matter of committed same-sex relationships.

In making their proposal, the bishops made it clear they are attempting to work within the national House of Bishops' 2007 statement on sexuality. In that...

December 10, 2008

Bishop J. Jon Bruno of Los Angeles has authorized the use of a rite for the "Sacramental Blessing of a Life-long Covenant" for both same-gender and heterosexual couples.

The blessing "involves the exchange of vows between two people who make a public declaration of unconditional,...

November 23, 2008

A Province I task force has issued "a pastoral resource for Province I Episcopal clergy ministering to same-sex couples." The document is the first of its kind in the Episcopal Church.

The report was accepted at the Province I synod held November 21 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in...

November 13, 2008

The furor over California's controversial gay marriage ban escalated November 12 as sporadic protestors, dissonant religious voices, the Los Angeles County board of supervisors and even superstar Sir Elton John weighed in on opposite sides of the fray. After hearing from more than a dozen...

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