National Cathedral to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials.

The key development came last July when the Episcopal Church approved a ceremony for same-sex unions at its General Convention in Indianapolis, followed by the legalization of gay marriage in Maryland, which joined the District of Columbia. The national church made a special allowance for marriage ceremonies in states where gay marriage is legal.

Longtime same-sex marriage advocate the Very Rev. Gary Hall took over as the cathedral’s dean in October. Conversations began even before he arrived to clear the way for the ceremonies at the church that so often serves as a symbolic house of prayer for national celebrations and tragedies.

The Episcopal bishop of Washington, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, authorized use of the new marriage rite in December for 89 congregations in D.C. and Maryland. Each priest then decides whether to marry same-sex couples.

The cathedral’s congregation and leadership include many gays and lesbians. The church was just waiting for the right moment and the right leader.

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  • jeannyR

    .It is no longer a church, but another home for Satan.

  • vietnamvet1971

    The argument from Homosexuals about they are saved and GOD loves them and would not Destroy them is a Myth and leads to their Destruction IF that is what they want. Revelation 21: 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars —they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

  • nexgenesis

    We are now living in an openly sick society. The rush to embrace homosexual perversion is our nations moral cliff, and contains the seeds of destruction, that has been the roots of the fall of every great nations destruction in the history of mankind.

  • stan williams

    When Our “Usurper In Chief” went about the World Declaring “America is Not a Christian Nation “? This Proves It !