Video: Archbishop explains comments made to LBC radio

[Episcopal News Service - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in an April 10 press conference addressed comments he made last week on a British radio program saying that the Church of England’s embracing of same sex marriage could lead to the persecution and murder of Christians in other parts of the world. […]

England: Inclusive Church welcomes first same-sex weddings

[Inclusive Church Press Release] As the first same–sex weddings are set to take place in England, Inclusive Church welcomes this as a significant milestone. Acknowledging that some Christian churches are perceived to be hostile to the LBGT&I community, Inclusive Church takes this opportunity to signify that there are many who are supportive and welcoming. Inclusive […]

Joint statement from Michigan bishops on marriage equality ruling

[Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan press release] As Christians and leaders in the Episcopal Church, we applaud Judge [Bernard A.] Friedman’s decision to overturn Michigan’s ban on equal marriage as a step on the right side of history. As the case of DeBoer v. Snyder continues to work its way through our judicial system, it […]

NJ bishops allow clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages

[Episcopal News Service]  Same-sex couples in the state of New Jersey began getting married shortly after midnight Oct. 21 after the state’s Supreme Court released to postponed enactment of a lower court’s ruling. Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith said on Oct. 18 shortly after the state Supreme Court opened the door to same-sex weddings […]

Marriage study task force begins work by sharing experiences

Dialogue on marriage, theological reflection tools among group's goals

[Episcopal News Service] The 12 Episcopalians given the task of exploring the “biblical, theological, historical, liturgical and canonical dimensions of marriage” and marriage’s “changing societal and cultural norms and legal structures” began their first face-to-face meeting July 29 by each talking in depth about their own experiences of marriage, divorce, singleness and lifelong committed relationships. […]

Episcopal Task Force on the Study of Marriage reports on initial meeting

July 29-August 1 at the Maritime Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has issued the following report. At the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2012, Resolution A050 called for a Task Force on the Study of Marriage to be appointed by the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts […]

Canada: Anglicans set same-sex marriage vote in 2016

[Anglican Journal] General Synod on July 6 approved a resolution that will bring the issue of same-sex marriage to a vote at the meeting of the Anglican Church of Canada’s governing body in 2016. At its triennial meeting here, General Synod passed Resolution C003, asking the Council of General Synod to prepare and present a […]

Celebrations of marriage equality, court rulings continue across church

[Episcopal News Service] Steve Price’s white gardenia boutonniere and diamond pinkie ring were bittersweet tributes among a sea of joy at the June 27 “Celebration of Equality” at St. John’s Pro-Cathedral in Los Angeles. From Los Angeles to New York, worshippers gathered across the church to celebrate in very public and very personal ways, after […]

Connecticut bishops’ statement on DOMA and Voting Rights Act votes

[Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut press release] We give thanks for the recognition of state and federal law enacted by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act.  In Connecticut that means that all married couples will have the same status before the law.  This is a move forward for […]

Northern California bishop responds to Supreme Court rulings

[Episcopal Diocese of Northern California press release] When the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals acts in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision today, same-gender marriages will once again be legally possible in California. Our state would then resume its position with a growing number of states that extend the right of […]