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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Washington National Cathedral Performs Same-Sex Weddings

In what many people are calling a “gay marriage victory,” the Washington National Cathedral will begin performing same-sex weddings.  The church “will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage adapted from the blessing ceremony for gay and lesbian couples that was approved last year by the Episcopal Church’s national governing body.”  However, official Episcopal law still defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, so the church will combine civil marriage ceremonies under local law with a blessing from the church; they will also use new language approved for same-sex couples rather than reciting the marriage ceremony from the Book of Common Prayer.

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