Federal Judge Tosses Lawsuit Targeting Transgender Youth in Rural Oregon School

ACLU, Basic Rights Oregon Defend Dallas School District Protections for Transgender Students PORTLAND, Ore. – A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit that tried to dismantle protections for transgender students in Dallas, Oregon. The lawsuit sought to overturn the Dallas School District’s policy of allowing students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their … More Federal Judge Tosses Lawsuit Targeting Transgender Youth in Rural Oregon School

Diocesan bishops who blocked same-sex marriages take reluctant first steps toward allowing ceremonies

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention first approved trial rites for same-sex marriage ceremonies in 2015, but the bishops of eight domestic dioceses still refused to allow those ceremonies in their congregations as of this month, heading into the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas. Then Resolution B012 happened. After a back-and-forth negotiation between the House of Deputies … More Diocesan bishops who blocked same-sex marriages take reluctant first steps toward allowing ceremonies

In case you missed the so-called ‘Austin Statement,’ The sky is NOT falling

The Rev. Susan Russell writes: “ICYMI: (SPOILER: The sky is NOT falling.) ”The General Convention has, through Resolution B012, made liturgies for same-sex marriage available for all congregations that wish to use them, as authorized by their rectors or priests-in-charge (§7). How this will be dealt with in each diocese may differ. B012 has also … More In case you missed the so-called ‘Austin Statement,’ The sky is NOT falling

Florida Bishop: House of Bishops Makes “Technical” Amendment to Gay Marriage Resolution

From mid-way through the General Convention: “Resolution B012 grants same-sex and opposite-sex couples permission to use two trial-use marriage rites as stated in Resolution A054 that passed in the 2015 General Convention. The resolution passed the House of Deputies by an overwhelming margin on Monday, July 9. But Resolution B012 does provide some relief for … More Florida Bishop: House of Bishops Makes “Technical” Amendment to Gay Marriage Resolution

Episcopal convention approves a ‘pastoral solution’ on same-sex marriage

ENS reports: “AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) — Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in their home parish even if their local bishop has moral objections to gay marriage, Episcopal Church leaders decided on Friday (July 13). Meeting in Austin at their triennial convention, the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, the bicameral governing … More Episcopal convention approves a ‘pastoral solution’ on same-sex marriage

Episcopal leaders allow Dallas same-sex marriages despite any bishop objections

The Dallas News reports: “Same-sex couples in Dallas and seven other Episcopal dioceses will now be able to marry at their home church even if their local bishop objects, according to a resolution passed Friday by Episcopal church leaders at their triennial convention in Austin. The decision has particular implications in Dallas because it’s one of eight U.S. dioceses … More Episcopal leaders allow Dallas same-sex marriages despite any bishop objections

Convention lets its ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ agreeing to give church full access to trial-use marriage rites

The Very Rev. Sam Candler, deputy from Atlanta and chair of the legislative committee that considered all of the convention’s marriage resolutions, urged the House of Deputies July 13 to accept the bishops’ technical amendment to Resolution B012 and not make any changes. The deputies agreed. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service [Episcopal News Service … More Convention lets its ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ agreeing to give church full access to trial-use marriage rites

EPISCOPAL CHURCH SAYS “WE DO” TO MARRIAGE RITES FOR THE WHOLE CHURCH

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 … More EPISCOPAL CHURCH SAYS “WE DO” TO MARRIAGE RITES FOR THE WHOLE CHURCH

General Convention moves one step closer toward sacramental marriage equality

California Deputy Christopher Hayes explains his floor amendment to Resolution B012 during debate on July 9. Hayes is wearing purple in honor of Purple Scarf Day, calling for more women in the episcopate. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ Episcopal News Service [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The House of Deputies overwhelming endorsed a heavily amended resolution … More General Convention moves one step closer toward sacramental marriage equality

B012 — “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church” — Adopted by #GC79 Deputies

The Rev. Susan Russell writes: ” “The work of continuing to make the full and equal claim promised LGBTQ Episcopalians in 1976 not just a resolution but a reality continued on legislative day five of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. By an overwhelming majority, the House of Deputies adopted an amended version … More B012 — “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church” — Adopted by #GC79 Deputies