Behind the Times, Yet Again

When I was in England, news reached our group of New York clergy that gay marriage had become legal in our state. As there was no public opposition to this legislation in the Diocese of New York, I assume that our distant cheers were joined by many more state-side.

The Bishop of New York has since endorsed blessing of such marriages in church. While this is a somewhat daring move, dependent on a very favorable interpretation of Anglican Communion agreements and Episcopal Church canon law, blessings will still disappoint many. Blessings of unions have, after all, been performed in this diocese at least since 1970. It seems too bad that having been so far ahead of our society in affirming homosexual relationships, we now find ourselves falling behind a truly progressive spirit of our age. —J. Douglas Ousley

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