Episcopal Bishops to Oppose Proposition 8

Timothy Kincaid

September 9th, 2008

The AP is reporting that the authority of the Episcopal Church in California will be announcing their opposition to Proposition 8 tomorrow.

The Right Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Episcopal bishop of California, and the Right Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles, are scheduled to join other faith leaders and gay couples Wednesday in speaking out against Proposition 8.

Anti-gay Lifesite News expands:

All six bishops in the state will officially protest the traditional marriage amendment, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Right Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of California, will hold a press conference at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral on Wednesday to represent the church’s position, “calling for compassion, love and equal protections” for homosexual couples.

The AP closed their article with a comment I found interesting:

Their work is designed to counter the huge organizational and financial push the amendment is receiving from leaders of the Roman Catholic and Mormon faiths.

It is my impression that Proposition 8 has taken on a peculiar image, one which its supporters would do well to avoid. There is a growing perception that the proposition is a joint endeavor by the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church and is opposed by other branches of Christianity. This may become even more pronounced as the public becomes aware of opposition by United Methodists and Episcopalians.

That percerption, I believe, will not be advantageous to the supporters of the proposition.

markinnc

September 10th, 2008

I’m happy to hear this, but I wanted to let you know that the first sentence in your article is kind of misleading. You say the “Episcopal Church in California” opposes Prop 8, as if the entire Episcopal Church in CA is against it, but the Episcopal Diocese of California only covers a small portion of California, including the bay area. The Episcopal church has about five other dioceses in California. I just felt the article needed some clarification.

cowboy

September 10th, 2008

The real horror about this political debate: it pits neighbor against neighbor. No matter the outcome of this election, I would be reluctant to be kind to a neighbor who placed a YES on Prop 8 sign on his lawn. And I wonder how a Mormon would feel towards a neighbor who placed a NO on Prop 8 on their lawn. It can be a bit dicey even before the ballots are counted.

Strange, isn’t it. The “love” that is coming at us from some religious people.

Tavdy

September 10th, 2008

markinnc, the second quote that Kincaid included starts with the following statement:

“All six bishops in the state will officially protest the traditional marriage amendment”

If, as you say, there are six dioceses, there will also (presumably) be six diocesan bishops.

David

September 10th, 2008

Let’s not forget the United Church of Christ in this civil rights struggle. It was the UCC which was the first major denomination to ordain a gay man, a lesbian, and a transgendered person. It was the first denomination to support marriage equality and has a long history fighting for civil rights. It filed amicus briefs in the In Re Marriage Cases and both its national and regional organizations are working together to defeat Prop. 8.

cowboy

September 10th, 2008

The people of California, Arizona and Florida has to know the proponents of the anti-gay marriage propositions are coming from powerful (read: rich) organized tax-exempt religions. Their influence with their resources (both with people and cash) is staggering.

Is that how a Republic should be run?

I would point out Mormons think their interpretation of marriage is the only valid one. They have the right to that opinion and they can use their tithing to build huge Temples (two new ones in Arizona) to their dogma but they have no right to dictate to the rest of the people what constitutes a marriage.

markinnc

September 10th, 2008

Tavdy,

You’re right. It’s all the dioceses in CA.
My mistake.

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