I celebrate our church’s decision to name the sacred, life-long commitment of gay and lesbian couples for what we experience it to be – a marriage, not only according to the laws of the state but also in Christian community. Christian gay and lesbian couples are as blessed when they stand before God to make their courageous vows as straight couples. Now we as a church can unequivocally stand alongside them, offering our blessing and gratitude for their love and commitment.
The Episcopal Church also recognizes that not all of our members agree with this decision, and in no way are clergy forced to preside at any marriage. But neither are gay and lesbian couples to be denied this sacramental blessing, for which I give thanks to God. We have walked a long road to arrive at this place and today is a joyful day.