Austin Episcopal church to offer first same-sex blessing in Texas
This is the “model” on which the Diocese of Mississippi’s same-sex blessings will be done:
Doyle and Baker saw how divisive and energy consuming this one issue had become so they decided that there needed to be a compromise, since it was clear that the legitimacy of same-sex relationship was not a win-lose issue.
As part of the compromise, called the “Texas Compromise,” St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston was also given permission to offer same-sex blessings if the church wished to. So far neither church has blessed any same-sex couples, according to The Episcopal Diocese of Texas, St. David’s in Austin. However, in Houston, St. Stephen’s has two blessings scheduled for April.
Whoever wins this race to be the first Episcopal Church to bless a same-sex couple is far less important that the fact that, finally, such a race can exist.
Although members of the Episcopal church have made it clear that these gay blessings are not the same as a marriage, which many still believe is a sacrament that can only be shared between a man and a woman, it is refreshing to see a major U.S. Christian denomination recognize that same-sex relationship are valid in many of the same ways that heterosexual relationships are.
It is even more refreshing to have them recognize that the sole purpose of the church is not to police marriage rights.
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