The Episcopal Church on Wednesday adopted a resolution that will allow clergy to marry same-sex couples, The Washington Blade reports.


Members of the House of Bishops, which is the denomination’s governing body, on Monday approved the resolution by a 129-26 vote margin. The Associated Press reported the House of Deputies ratified it during the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City.

The resolution — which contains a provision that allows clergy to decline to “solemnize or bless any marriage” — is slated to take effect on Nov. 29.

Via The Washington Blade

Retired New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who in 2003 became the first openly gay bishop ordained by the Episcopal Church, was among those who attended the vote.

The resolution was approved less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country.

“We commend and celebrate the Episcopal Church for this embrace of marriage equality,” said Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, director of faith partnerships and mobilization for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. “Episcopalians today, in voting to allow religious marriage ceremonies of all couples in the church, regardless of sexual orientation, set an example of love and inclusion that will resonate across the religious community and beyond.”



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