Susan Russell writes:
Making all sacraments available to all people was a key goal at this 79th General Convention — and with the action today by the House of Deputies on Resolution B012 that goal was achieved. It was, however, a hard won compromise. Because it fell short of changing the language regarding marriage in the current prayer book there arefor those who believe our actions continue to fall short of the full and equal claim for the LGBTQ baptized promised in 1976. And because it removes the ability for dissenting bishops to prohibit same sex couples from access to the liturgies in their home churches, there are those who see our actions as a bridge too far away from their belief that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
And yet, it was a compromise that received overwhelming support from both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops: something those of us who have been at this work for quite literally decades could not have imagined even a few short years ago.