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 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 here 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.
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