Marriage Equality

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November 16, 2009

Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem Bishop Paul Marshall said Nov. 16 that he has established "interim measures" to allow clergy to bless same-gender relationships.

Marshall's letter to his clergy is available here.

"I am not generally broadcasting this decision yet (although I suspect...

October 26, 2009

A decision by the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden to allow same-sex marriages to be celebrated in churches has been criticized by Lutheran churches in Africa and also by the (Anglican) Church of England.

A majority of the Church of Sweden's general synod meeting in Uppsala decided on October...

September 15, 2009

Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida Bishop Leo Frade will allow clergy in the Miami-based diocese to bless the unions of same-sex couples who have been legally married in states or countries.

Frade made the announcement during a recent clergy conference and his comments were posted...

July 22, 2009

Two bishops of the (Anglican) Church of England have warned the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden that agreeing to expand the concept of marriage to include same-gender couples risks creating "immediate and negative" consequences for ecumenical relations.

"Although there is a continuing debate...

July 16, 2009

On the final day of General Convention, the House of Deputies concurred July 17 with an earlier vote by the House of Bishops "to acknowledge changing circumstances" that call forth a renewed pastoral response from the church for considering same-gender blessings.

Resolution C056...

July 15, 2009

Bishop Gary W. Lillibridge of West Texas read a statement to the House of Bishops July 16, acknowledging that a "majority of this convention believes that the Episcopal Church should move forward on matters of human sexuality."

Lillibridge's statement reaffirmed his commitment to the...

July 14, 2009

The House of Bishops voted by a margin of 3 to 1 on July 15 "to acknowledge changing circumstances" that call forth a renewed pastoral response from the church for considering same-gender blessings.

That response, at least for the time being, was a substitution for Resolution C056, to...

July 9, 2009

As of September 1, the Diocese of Niagara will allow its priests to bless same-gender couples who have been civilly married.

Niagara becomes the second diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada, after the Vancouver-based New Westminster diocese, to offer a sacrament for same-sex blessings...

July 8, 2009

More than 50 people testified on a collection of resolutions requesting marriage equality or rites for same-gender blessings, with a vast majority speaking in favor of the resolutions, in hearings before the joint Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee on July 9.

Four resolutions...

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-...

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