Thursday, June 27, 2013

North American Anglicans Clash over Supreme Court Decision on Marriage

North American Anglicans Clash over Supreme Court Decision on Marriage
ACNA and CANA bishops condemn Court action
Catholic leaders blast ruling. Federal Court got it wrong. Democracy overruled in California

By David W. Virtue
June 26, 2013

To no one's surprise, the Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Gay Jennings, President of the House of Bishops, rejoiced over today's Supreme Court decision that handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by ruling that parts of DOMA are unconstitutional. SCOTUS also ruled that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits paving the way for same-sex marriage in California and the end of Proposition 8.

Anglican Church in North America Archbishop Robert Duncan said, "An extremely divided court reflects an extremely divided nation. Equal rights under the law is a bedrock commitment of the United States of America and can often be accomplished by creative legislation. Nevertheless, the definition of marriage long pre-dates the United States and is a given of the created order. The motto of the United States is "One Nation under God." The Christian Church has followed a Lord who meets people where they are, and who loves them regardless of their challenges. The Church has countered the culture throughout most of its history. We find ourselves, both sadly and increasingly, in this position in a nation once seen as a 'light upon a hill,' and a 'hope of all the earth.'"

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