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.
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 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.