Special Announcement

Special Announcement

Marriage Equality

On July 1, 2015, the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church passed legislation bringing marriage equality to all Episcopalians. This legislation was passed by overwhelming majorities in both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, and comes on the heels of the June 26th U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

A Statement from Bishop Barry L. Beisner:

"Three years ago, in my message to our diocese about the court decision granting marriage equality in California, I both celebrated that decision and I reminded us that there was still “a lot of work to do before the day when our General Convention amends its canons and liturgies to make same-gender marriage possible in the Church.” This 78th General Convention has now made this change, as our own 2014 Diocesan Convention requested in Resolution R5-14 last NovemberI am grateful to our Cathedral Dean, the Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, for his remarkable leadership in helping to accomplish this major change in the life of the Church. The majority in this Church clearly believe that we have followed our Lord Jesus Christ to a more generous understanding of marriage. Others of this family disagree, and for some of them this may be a moment of great distress. We embrace all, we care for all. The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California welcomes all in the Name of Christ."

A Statement from the Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Deputy Chair, Special Legislative Committee on Marriage:

"When the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality on Friday morning, June 26th, I was yearning to be at home in Sacramento, so I could be with the members of Trinity Cathedral and the LGBT community there. Then I remembered that the people with whom I had been connected to the longest in this struggle were my colleagues at General Convention. I have been an advocate in the Church for full inclusion of LGBT persons since the early 1990's, and began working on this at General Convention in 2000. Chairing the Special Legislative Committee on Marriage and working on marriage rites and updated canons, with my long-time companions in this struggle, is exactly where I needed to be when same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 states. And now, today, it pleases me greatly to be in the House of Deputies with representatives from The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, as the Church approves the right of all people to marry who they love, regardless of gender."

Pictured above is Trinity Cathedral Sacramento Dean, the Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, presenting the resolution on marriage to the House of Deputies on July 1st.

Resolutions A054 and A036 provide changes in the Church canon law and to liturgies that can now be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples. The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California will make updated processes and liturgies available in the coming weeks. If you are in the process of planning a wedding and have immediate questions or concerns, please contact Canon Andrea McMillin at andrea@norcalepiscopal.org or 916-442-6918 ext. 214.

Click here to read the full Episcopal News Service article about this vote at the 78th General Convention. 

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