Bishop Marc responds to today's Prop. 8 ruling

Inspired by the Gospel as carried forward in our tradition, and with a courage that has kept us engaged in the moment with the embodiment of justice in succeeding generations, The Episcopal Church has been led by God’s Spirit (as we believe) to recognize the dignity and appertaining rights of all of God’s children.

Today we rejoice that civil society, represented by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has upheld a lower court decision overturning the unjust California Proposition 8, regarding the legality of same-sex marriage in California.  I pray that if an appeal reaches the U.S. Supreme Court that our justices will show the same wisdom as the majority has shown in the 9th Circuit Court.

Further, although I have publicly advocated for an approach that would invite all couples seeking marriage in the Church, same-sex or heterosexual to first be married in a civil ceremony and then to receive a blessing in the Church, let me be clear that it is my hope that the General Convention of The Episcopal Church meeting in Indianapolis in the summer of 2012 will continue to evolve marriage rites for all couples that will have the approval of the entire Church.

Let us all pray that we may be servants and agents of the Holy Spirit bending the arc of history towards the fullest expression of justice.

+Marc Andrus