Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral to Permit Same-Sex Weddings

By:  Dave Bohon
01/14/2013
       
Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral to Permit Same-Sex Weddings

Officials of Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral, which has hosted funerals for numerous U.S. presidents and notable Americans, and has been designated by Congress as the “National House of Prayer,” announced that effective immediately the stately Episcopal church will host homosexual weddings.

Some say it was inevitable, but to most Americans it is a slap in the face just the same, as officials of Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral, which has hosted funerals for numerous U.S. presidents and notable Americans, and has been designated by Congress as the “National House of Prayer,” announced that effective immediately the stately Episcopal church will host homosexual weddings.

Last summer the Episcopal Church, of which the National Cathedral is a member, approved a rite for same-sex unions, and with the legalization of homosexual marriage in nearby Maryland in November, the National Cathedral will be one of the first Episcopal churches to perform the “blessing.”

The Associated Press noted that Episcopal law still officially defines marriage as “between a man and a woman, so the cathedral says it will be performing weddings that combine civil marriage ceremonies under local law with a blessing from the church. They will use the new language approved for same-sex couples instead of the marriage ceremony from the Book of Common Prayer. Only one major U.S. Protestant group, the United Church of Christ, has endorsed same-sex marriage outright.”

Nonetheless, the move to break with classic biblical Christianity at the National Cathedral is being done with much fanfare and flourish. “For more than 30 years, the Episcopal Church has prayed and studied to discern the evidence of God’s blessing in the lives of same-sex couples,” said the Rev. Gary Hall, an advocate of same-sex marriage who took over as dean of the National Cathedral in October. “We enthusiastically affirm each person as a beloved child of God — and doing so means including the full participation of gays and lesbians in the life of this spiritual home for the nation.”

Hall said he considered it “a great honor to lead this Cathedral as it takes another historic step toward greater equality — and I am pleased that this step follows the results made clear in this past November’s election, when three states voted to allow same-sex marriage.”

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