Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Catholic and Episcopal Leaders on Opposite Sides of Moral Divide on Gay Marriage
Pennsylvania State’s ban on same-sex marriage declared unconstitutional

By David W. Virtue DD
May 21, 2014

An Episcopal bishop and a Roman Catholic Archbishop were on opposite sides of the moral, spiritual, theological, and political divide when a federal judge in Pennsylvania John E. Jones III declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and bishop provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, commented, “Today is a joyful day for Pennsylvanians who believe as I do that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in our state. These couples work hard, raise children, volunteer for good causes and pay taxes. Pennsylvania would be poorer without them, and I am pleased that Judge John E. Jones III has moved them one significant step closer to equality under the law.

“The Episcopal Church has struggled faithfully with the issue of same-sex relationships for more than three decades, and in that struggle most of us have come to understand that same-sex couples and their families are blessings to their communities and to their neighbors and friends. Like opposite-sex couples, their love draws them more clearly into fidelity to one another and service to the world. Like opposite sex couples, they are signs and sacraments allowing us to see the boundless love of God more clearly.”

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