Episcopal Church backs same-sex relationships

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 5:34pm

"I think it's a great step forward in the fight for marriage equality," says Kevin Serrin, Executive Director of the Capital CIty Alliance.

He said the Episcopal Church's decision to allow its priests to bless same-sex relationships is part of a growing trend towards the acceptance of marriage equality.

"It's an excellent development because it's the first Protestant denomination that's come out and officially voted to acknowledge to bless unions within their church," says Serrin.

According to a May 22 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll 54% of Americans would support a law in their state making same-sex marriage legal. Forty percent oppose that idea.

We turned to our NBC33 Facebook page to find out what you thought about the Episcopal Church's stance and we found out some of you aren't too happy about it. One viewer said "How can the Church, which is the body of Christ, bless something that the Lord calls an abomination? Can we override the Lord? Are we greater than Him? Just wondering."

The new stance by the Episcopal Church doesn't force priests opposed to it to perform the ceremony for any of its more than two million members. And though Serin says the move is a step in the right direction, he's hopeful that's only the beginning.

"The goal is to have a marriage that's equal to anybody else's marriage, performed outside of a church. but still with all the rights and benefits that heterosexual marriages have," says Serrin.

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