Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Integrity on Vermont

ROCHESTER, NY--Integrity USA commends Vermont lawmakers for today overriding the governor's veto of a same-gender marriage bill, making the state the fourth in the nation where gay and lesbian couples can now wed.

"This is sign of great hope to all of us working to end marriage discrimination in society and in the church," said Integrity President Susan Russell. "I hope the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will pass similar ecclesiastical marriage-equality resolutions in Anaheim during July."

"This victory in Vermont is a reminder that the Episcopal Church needs to seriously update it's marriage canons and rites," added John Clinton Bradley, Integrity's Acting Executive Director. "If we are going to continue letting our clergy act as agents of the state when performing marriages, we must allow them to marry all couples--heterosexual or homosexual--who are legally entitled to wed."


I heard the news on the 110-South headed for the pre-renewal of clergy vows rehearsal and let out a big "Woo Hoo!" -- and want to thank our extraordinarily amazing Exec. Director -- John Clinton Bradley -- for taking the "cell-phone heads up ball" and getting this release out. Right now I've got two sermons left to write and a few quiet hours here to write them, so that's where my attention is going. More on things equality later ... Happy Tuesday in Holy Week, everybody!

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