The Episcopal Church took a major step toward recognizing same-sex unions this week when delegates at its triennial General Convention in Indianapolis voted overwhelmingly to allow priests to bestow the church’s blessings on gay couples in lifetime committed relationships.
Though the resolution stopped just short of declaring the blessing a marriage rite, and its use by priests remains contingent on the approval of local bishops, the move marks a growing acceptance by one of the country’s oldest, most established denominations that gay people have always been part of the church and that their presence should be acknowledged in its liturgy.
The church’s evolving position on same-sex unions comes just as Maryland opponents of gay marriage are gearing up to overturn the law legalizing same-sex unions passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.
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