Supreme Court cases prelude to marriage debate at General Convention

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians who followed the April 28 U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to be married were no doubt looking ahead to the implications of the court’s eventual ruling for this summer’s General Convention. The Episcopal Church officially has advocated for equal treatment of lesbian, gay, […]

Marriage task force calls for gender-neutral language in marriage canon

Proposed change would allow clergy to solemnize same-sex unions

[Episcopal News Service] The A050 Task Force on the Study of Marriage is recommending that the 2015 meeting of General Convention authorize Episcopal Church clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages. The task force proposes the change in its just-released Blue Book report by way of a resolution (numbered A036) that would revise Canon I.18 titled “Of […]

Task Force on Study of Marriage presents final report

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has presented its final report to the 78th General Convention and to the Church, and for inclusion in Reports to General Convention, commonly referred to as The Blue Book. The 122 page report in English is here. […]

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. […]