National Cathedral Opens Doors to Gay Weddings
DC church will use new Episcopal rite for same-sex marriage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2013 6:03 AM CST
Updated Jan 9, 2013 8:30 AM CST
The main altar of the Washington National Cathedral.    (?)

(Newser) – The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages. Cathedral officials say the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members. As the nation's most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for former presidents.

In light of the legality of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia and now Maryland, the Episcopal bishop of Washington decided in December to allow an expansion of the Christian marriage sacrament. The change is allowed under a "local option" granted by the church's General Convention, and each priest in the diocese can then decide whether to perform same-sex unions. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the cathedral's dean, is all for it. "I read the Bible as seriously as fundamentalists do. And my reading of the Bible leads me to want to do this because I think it's being faithful to the kind of community that Jesus would have us be."

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gssusarr
Jan 10, 2013 9:47 AM CST
Henry VIII would be proud of the Church's taking the lead and setting the example! What is the Queen's reaction as the current leader of the Church?
M_Polk
Jan 9, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Irrational idiots.... Supposedly everyone is equal? Just because they have a different value set as you do they are sub-human?
JackNelsonSteward
Jan 9, 2013 4:24 PM CST
The National Cathedral makes a national statement on the expansion of equal rights into the rite of marriage. Just as it should.