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  •  It's not just cathedrals... (2+ / 0-)
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    LSophia, Wee Mama

    The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio (southern half of the state, including Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus) also allows blessing of same-sex unions, even though Ohio has not yet approved gay marriage.  There are limitations, of course.  There's an opt-out procedure for individual priests and parishes, at least one member of any couple seeking the blessing must be a member of the local parish (no "tourist" blessings) and the bishop needs to be informed.  Once a bishop approves, you'll find that same-sex blessings and/or marriages (where legal) will take place not only at the cathedral, but at many of the more liberal parishes as well.

    FWIW, my parish (one of the more liberal in the diocese) held a blessing of a same-sex union five years ago, BEFORE the diocese allowed it, and both our rector and an elderly, retired rector participated.  The older retired rector cried after the service, because he never expected to live long enough to see same-sex unions blessed.  he and his wife both died this winter, but got to see same-sex blessings held throughout the diocese.  Our rector DID get into a bit of hot water, for "jumping the gun", but he's used to being in trouble with the diocese.

    I don't know whether the Diocese of Ohio (northern half of the state) allows same-sex blessings as well, but the bishop there is comfortable appointing partnered gay priests to the smaller churches where he does the appointing.  These are often in small towns, but the local parishes are often so grateful to have a priest that they don't worry about the gender of the priest's partner.

    The Scout Law (trustworthy, loyal, helpful...) is a GREAT liberal manifesto.

    by DaytonMike on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:36:09 AM PST

    •  Oh, no, not at all (1+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama

      Not just Cathedrals. Blessings of same-sex unions have been occurring frequently, as you say.

      To me, this is a big deal, because they are actually performing marriages, in the arguably most important church in our branch of the church.

      I shudder to think what some of the African churches are going to say about this - they'll probably try to kick us out again.  Oh, well.  That problem, is, fortunately, well above my pay grade.

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