Episcopal priests in D.C. may conduct gay nuptials

Priests may preside at civil marriages
Shortly after same-sex marriage became legal in the District of Columbia, Bishop John Chane of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said that its priests may preside at such civil marriages in the nation’s capital.

Under guidelines released March 4, which stipulate that no priest is required to preside at such ceremonies, Chane thus joined Episcopal bishops in Vermont and Massachusetts in allowing same-gender marriages.

Chane noted that the denomination’s General Convention last July adopted a resolution that said bishops in dioceses where civil jurisdictions have legalized civil unions, domestic partnerships or same-gender marriage “may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs” of such church members.


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