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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:41 AM
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Episcopal Diocese of L.A. officially condones the blessing of gay unions
Source: Los Angeles Times

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has announced that church leaders can bless the unions of same-sex couples as a matter of policy. The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, whose diocese encompasses Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties, made the announcement Friday during a diocesan convention in Riverside.

Bruno acted just days after hundreds of conservative Episcopal congregations in North America formed a breakaway church amid a rift that began with the ordination of a gay bishop in New Hampshire five years ago.

Bruno's declaration is not expected to have a major effect on Episcopal churches in Southern California. Many have been blessing gay unions for years. But he has now made it official.

"The practice has not changed. The policy has. . . . It's sort of like 'coming out,'" said the Rev. Susan Russell, a lesbian priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. Russell also is president of Integrity USA, a group representing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the Episcopal Church....

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-episcopal8-2008...
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:46 AM
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1. K&R n/t
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motely36 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:56 AM
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2. K&R
I love my Episcopal Church!
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hendo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:59 AM
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3. YAY
good for him! Now that's leading by example, and expressing the true meaning of his religion.
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Rebubula Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:05 PM
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4. If I were...
..to find myself back in the church, it would be the Episcopal Church.

My grandfather was a minister in the church for 40 years.

Good for them!!!
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:07 PM
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5. Score one for the good guys!
Wonderful news.

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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:28 PM
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6. Rec'd in honor
of cool Episocaplians I've known!
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:40 PM
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7. Good for him
They've got one (now gone!) stinker, and some other extremely cool bishops in CA!
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:58 PM
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8. Good news!
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:15 PM
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9. Now have an Episcopal church sue, on the grounds that their blessing isn't recognized
By the government and granted the same weight that a blessing on a heterosexual couple would. Hence, their freedom of religion is being impinged upon.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:40 PM
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10. Unfortunately, they can't call it marriage...
Given that marriage is a civil contract, the best enlightened churches can do is bless the unions. of gays and lesbians.
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Sultana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:38 PM
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11. FREAKING YEAH!
:bounce:

I'm Episcopalian :D
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