PITTSBURGH — The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh says its clergy may sign marriage certificates between same-sex couples.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Monday that the rule is spelled out in a recent letter from Bishop Dorsey McConnell.
McConnell has expressed reservations about the theology behind the church’s marriage rite, which the bishop approved for use in the diocese in November.
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That was before a federal judge in central Pennsylvania in May struck down the state’s law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in the state.
Diocesan spokesman Rich Creehan says the latest move doesn’t mark a change in church teaching or the bishop’s position, but merely gives clergy who choose to marry same-sex couples the legal power to issue legally binding marriage certificates.
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