Episcopal Church Continues LGBT Advances
July 13, 2012 by Guest contributor
Rev. Canon Susan Russell, Senior Associate Pastor of All Saints Church Pasadena and founding member of the HRC Religion Council:
The Episcopal Church yesterday adopted resolution [D018] urging “members of the U.S. Congress to repeal federal laws that have a discriminatory effect on same-gender civilly married couples and to pass legislation to allow the U.S. federal government to provide benefits to those couples.” One of the “marks of mission” for the Episcopal Church is “to transform unjust structures of society” -- and today’s action is clearly in alignment with that missional goal.
The overwhelming vote by both bishops and deputies to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) offers a strong, prophetic statement that we are a church that stands for a Protect Marriage movement that protects all marriages and we are committed to family values that value all families. Ending the inherent injustice of granting 1138 federally protected rights to some married couples and denying them to others is clearly in alignment with our Christian promise to love our neighbors as ourselves and our American pledge to work for liberty and justice for all.