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National Cathedral to hold service following ruling on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Washington National Cathedral plans to hold a special prayer service for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families on the day when the Supreme Court may rule on the legality of gay marriage.

The cathedral scheduled the service for Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. to celebrate, grieve or anticipate the Supreme Court’s ruling.

In a statement, the cathedral’s dean, the Rev. Gary Hall, says having the freedom to marry you love is not only a constitutional right but also a moral right. Hall announced in January that the cathedral would begin performing same-sex marriages.

At issue is the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on gay marriage.

The cathedral says it will continue to advocate for same-sex marriage regardless of what the court decides.

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  1. HIlarious!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:53am
  2. Good on them, Episcopalians. I’m Catholic and I love the Catholic Church, but sometimes, I wish they weren’t so hard on the LGBT community. It’s hard to hear sometimes.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:54am
  3. I don’t need prayer, I NEED TO GET EQUAL!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:54am
  4. I don,t need prayer I need equality I have all the prayer I need in other areas of my life but my being gay is not a prayer issue considering God created all

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:00am
  5. But hey, a little prayer won’t hurt anyone. It’s nice gesture on their part. :3

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:05am
  6. Did I miss something?? since when did The cathedral advocate for same-sex marriage?

    {The cathedral says it will continue to advocate for same-sex marriage regardless of what the court decides.}
    or is this just one catholic Church…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:13am
  7. We’re gonna need it am afraid

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:13am
  8. I wouldn’t mind getting married there someday…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:23am
  9. The National Cathedral is Episcopalian.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:25am
  10. oh ok Thank you for the info…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:28am
  11. Awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:28am
  12. …and after services, this church should march down to the IRS office and recind their application for tax-exempt status.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:29am
  13. EQUALITY FOR ALL

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:31am
  14. A nice gesture.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:34am
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    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:47am
  16. Kinda like all of the churches that have been spending money lobbying to stop marriage equality have done?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:16pm
  17. rockin

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:16pm
  18. I won’t be duplicitous. Political activism violates the tax-exempt requirements for ANY church, regardless of which side of an issue they advocate. We can’t simply rail against the ones we don’t like for violating the rules. If the ones who side with us violate the rules, they are just as guilty of political manipulation, in defiance of the tax code.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:19pm
  19. While I happen to think that there’s no sky monster, thanks for the thought guys!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:26pm
  20. Actually, I’ve heard nothing about the Episcopal Church nor the leadership specifically at the National Cathedral violating any political statements. This would appear to me to simply be a prayer either thanking god for the ruling, or appealing to god for something better to happen next time…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:27pm
  21. Focussing a church service on a Supreme Court ruling defies the ‘political action’ clause of section 501(c) of the tax code.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:28pm
  22. The Episcopal Church is pro-gay all the way.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:26pm