As California clerks began issuing civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples in mid-June, Episcopal bishops in the state took a variety of stances on whether their dioceses would provide religious rites for newly married gays and lesbians.
Church leaders in Canada hope that action will follow a public apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to victims of a policy whereby aboriginal children were placed in residential schools run by churches under a government policy of enforced assimilation.
Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson and his longtime male partner, Mark Andrew, were joined in a civil union June 7 in New Hampshire. The civil ceremony was held in the narthex of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, said Mike Barwell, a spokesperson for Robinson. A religious thanksgiving service at the church followed five years to the day after Robinson was elected inside St.
Most of the 30 or so chapels at U.S. airports are tucked in a corner or on a second floor that isn’t well traveled. And most are small and plain. But the ReginaCaeliChapel atCleveland’s Hopkins International Airport is different, and what makes it unique might also make it endangered.
A California constitutional amendment to limit marriage to “a man and a woman” has been approved for the November 4 general election, just weeks after the state Supreme Court permitted same-sex marriages. California secretary of state Debra Bowen on June 2 certified that supporters had submitted enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the ballot.