All Saints Church is proud to have been in the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality in the State of California just as we have been in the forefront of LGBT equality in the Episcopal Church. From the first blessing of a same-sex union in 1992 to the formation of the Beyond Inclusion ministry in 1997 to the work of Claiming the Blessing beginning in 2002, All Saints Church has been committed to both equal protection and equal blessing for LGBT children of God.
All Saints Church Celebrates Historic Marriage Decision, June 26, 2015
Today's historic ruling means same sex couples will soon have both the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across the country. This ruling will bring joy to families and final nationwide victory to the decades long freedom to marry movement. “This is a momentous win for freedom, for equality, for inclusion and most of all for love,” said All Saints rector Ed Bacon. “All Saints Church has been in the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality and so we celebrate today with deep joy that our country is one step closer to keeping the promise of the pursuit of liberty and justice for all.”
The justices have affirmed what a bipartisan super majority of Americans have come to understand: that the freedom to marry is a precious fundamental right the belongs to all. We hope state officials move swiftly to implement the Constitution’s command in the remaining 13 states with marriage discrimination. Same-sex couples and their families have waited long enough.
As momentous as today’s historic decision is, we must now harness the momentum from marriage conversation to the work of securing additional advances towards equality especially nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans. It is absolutely unacceptable that LGBT people can still be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes and denied service in restaurants and shops simply for being who they are.
Finally, we at All Saints Church are watching closely as the General Convention of our Episcopal Church meets in Salt Lake City and considers legislation that would eliminate barriers for same-sex couples seeking the sacrament of marriage in our church. We pray for justice to roll down like waters in Salt Lake City for the Episcopal Church just as justice prevailed today in our Supreme Court. It is time for us as a church to “let our yes be yes.” It is time for full inclusion of LGBT people in the work and witness of the Episcopal Church.
A Marriage Equality Time Line
May 2008 -- Following the May 15, 2008 Supreme Court decision ending the ban on same-sex marriage on May 22, 2008 the All Saints Vestry passed a resolution stating that that “… All Saints Church, Pasadena will treat all couples presenting themselves for the rite of marriage equally.”
June – November 2008 -- Between the lifting of the ban on same sex marriage on June 16th and the passage of Proposition 8 on November 4th forty-six same sex couples were married at All Saints Church.
May 2009 -- On May 26, 2009 the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a decision which not only deprived same-sex couples of the fundamental right to marry, but, in the words of dissenting Justice Carlos Moreno, “places at risk the state constitutional rights of all disfavored minorities.”
June 2009 -- At its June 2, 2009 meeting the All Saints Vestry unanimously passed a resolution stating that All Saints is committed to making the sacrament of marriage equally available to all couples and that in response to that commitment, the clergy at All Saints Church will not sign civil marriage certificates for any couples until the right to civil marriage is available to all couples.
August 2010 -- U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker declares Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
February 2012 -- Federal Appeals Court upheld Judge Walker’s ruling.
July 2012 -- At its General Convention in Indianapolis, the Episcopal Church overwhelmingly adopts Resolution D018 -- authored by All Saints staff member Susan Russell and urging the end of discrimination against same-sex marriages by the federal government.
December 2012 -- United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the Prop 8 case. More than two dozen bishops of The Episcopal Church filed two briefs in the United States Supreme Court supporting civil marriage equality for same-sex couples. Find out more here.
March 2013 -- Supreme Court oral arguments were heard on March 26
June 2013 --
June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court issued two historic rulings on Windsor v. United States (DOMA) and Perry v Schwarzenegger (Prop8).
Read the All Saints Church statement on those rulings here.
June 28, 2013 the 9th U.S. Circuit Court lifted the ban on same-sex marriage in California and All Saints Church returned to equally blessing and protecting all marriages.
Read an update on the Policies on Marriage and Weddings at All Saints Church here.
Prop 8, DOMA, and the Arc of Justice: A Progressive Christian Look at the Marriage Equality Cases
Ed Bacon “We will not stop until we have marriage equality”
"On the road to equality" -- Ed Bacon's June 26, 2013 "Decision Day" homily