Skip to comments.Same-Sex Weddings To Begin At Washington National Cathedral
Posted on 01/08/2013 10:51:55 PM PST by Steelfish
Same-Sex Weddings To Begin At Washington National Cathedral
By Michelle Boorstein January 8
Washington National Cathedral the seat of the Episcopal Church, one of the worlds largest cathedrals and the host of the official prayer service for the presidential inauguration later this month has decided to start hosting same-sex weddings.
In some ways, the announcement that is expected Wednesday morning is unsurprising for a denomination and a diocese that long ago took up the cause of marriage equality. But the cathedrals stature and the image of same-sex couples exchanging vows in the soaring Gothic structure visited by a half-million tourists each year is symbolically powerful.
Even though it is known that the Episcopal Church, a small but prominent part of American Christianity, has been supportive of equality for gay men and lesbians, its something for us to say we are going to do this in this very visible space where we pray for the president and where we bury leaders, said the Rev. Gary Hall, who became dean of Washington National Cathedral in the fall. This national spiritual space is now a place where [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people can come and get married.
As attention, political capital and lobbying dollars have been focused on fights over civil marriage, organized religion has been slow to embrace rights for same-sex couples. The vast majority of houses of worship dont host blessings or weddings for people of the same gender.
The Episcopal Church, with 2 million members, has been something of an exception, with leadership supporting the ordination of gay clergy and blessings for same-sex couples even as dozens of parishes broke with the denomination over the issue.
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Maybe this is what the Mayans prediction was all about. Not a planet killer asteroid or natural disaster. Some said it was a different age we will start.
When I think of all of the funerals of Presidents of the United States that have taken place there what a desecration of a holy place.
That’s the first thing I thought of as well. This is so sickening and appalling to me... I barely recognized this country anymore.
Amen! Prayers up.
I’m waiting for them to do the first man/animal marriage... or bother/sister ‘marriage’ ... What’s to stop them? It’s all equal, right?
To think, 8 and a half years ago this was the place that held the memorial service for the great Ronald Reagan.
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