Dioceses respond to marriage equality decision by US Supreme Court

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in many dioceses across the church have been considering how to respond to Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court action clearing the way for same-sex marriage to start in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court let stand appeals court rulings in three U.S. federal court districts which had overturned bans on […]

Gibbs to co-chair Michigan for Marriage campaign

[Michigan for Marriage press release] As Michigan awaits a historic marriage equality ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a bipartisan group of respected state leaders has stepped forward to Co-Chair Michigan for Marriage, the state’s marriage equality campaign. The public education campaign, which launched in May, aims to broaden the marriage conversation across the […]

Virginia bishop writes to diocese on same-sex marriage

Editors’ note: Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Bishop Shannon Johnston issued the following letter to the diocese Aug. 20 shortly before the United State Supreme Court issued an order delaying the beginning of same-sex marriages in the state less than a day before couple could begin seeking marriage licenses. Dear Diocesan Family, Recent court decisions in […]

Marriage task force releases study guide, discussion resources

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has released Dearly Beloved, resources for conversation and discussion. The following is a report From the Task Force on the Study of Marriage. We are pleased to offer to The Episcopal Church a resource for study and discussion […]

Presbyterian Assembly allows pastors to perform same-gender marriage

To send presbyteries proposed constitutional change of marriage definition

[Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Assembly news] After clearing a number of procedural hurdles, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) agreed to grant pastors discretion in determining whether or not to conduct same-gender marriages in civil jurisdictions where such marriages are legal. The action effectively removes the ban on Presbyterian pastors marrying same-gender […]

Former New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson and partner divorce

[Episcopal News Service] Former Diocese of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson has announced that he and his partner of 25 years Mark Andrew recently decided to get divorced. In a message to the diocese announcing the decision, Robinson said: “As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us, not a decision entered into lightly […]

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 […]