Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts Schori:
The Episcopal Church is presently engaged in a period of study and dialogue about the nature of Christian marriage. This work is moving forward, with faithful people of many different perspectives seeking together to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit. However, our Church has taken the position that neither federal nor state governments should create constitutional prohibitions that deny full civil rights and protections to gay and lesbian persons, including those available to different-sex couples through the civic institution of marriage.
Accordingly, I welcome today’s decision of the United States Supreme Court that strikes down the 17-year-old law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex civil marriages granted by the states.
Bishop Lee of the Diocese of Chicago:
“These Supreme Court rulings concern civil marriage, not the Christian sacrament. But I invite Christians who may struggle with the decision to consider that the union of two people in heart, body and mind is capable of signifying the never failing love of God in Christ for the church and the world. These faithful unions, no matter the sex of the partners, can be sources and signs of grace, both for the couple and for the wider community. When we see and celebrate those signs, we testify to the love and mercy of God that overcomes all our divisions and differences.”
Bishop Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles
Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies
Bishop Kirk Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona:
Our country has come closer to a truth which has been ours as Christians from the beginning, that God loves everything and everyone God has made, and that we are called to reflect God’s love for us in how we love each other. Our country is now one step closer to making that possible for everyone. Today Love won.
As a gay man married in the state of Massachusetts, I thank you and all of the leaders in your church for your support. It’s a big day for us.
It is encouraging to hear the leaders of the Episcopal Church speak out on this issue, but they remain few in number. The silence from others in responsible positions across the Church is even more remarkable.