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Ohio Episcopalians to Bless Same-Sex Unions

Timothy Kincaid

November 11th, 2009

episcopalFrom Cincinnati.com

The Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, in an address Friday to the 135th convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, made the announcement that he said should surprise no one.

He said his position on his support for the blessing of “same-sex unions” was clear in his writings prior to his election as bishop of the 80-church, 25,000-member diocese in 2006,

He said he was lifting the “prohibition on the blessing of same-sex unions, effective Easter 2010.”

Recognizing the risk of empowering anti-gay activists through incautious or flippant actions designed more for political grandstanding rather than the pastoral needs of the community, the Bishop is stepping carefully.

No individual ministers will be forced to bless unions against their will. Further, at least one half of the couple to be blessed had to be Episcopalian, it must be “the union of the two persons who have vowed lifelong fidelity to one another, and accept accountability to the faith community as a faithful household”, and the Bishop will review each application for blessing personally.

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Ben in Oakland
November 11th, 2009 | LINK

Will he also review the blessings for het couples personall,y or is that tow snarky?

Aaron
November 12th, 2009 | LINK

I think that if I were in the same position, I would probably do the same. It may or may not be a double standard, as it may be that he simply feels he needs to be familiar with every gay couple he allows to marry. To be sure, they will need extra pastoral guidance and protection. There will be discrimination.

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