Episcopal Church Allows Same-Sex Marriage In NY Diocese
The Episcopal Church on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where they were barred by a bishop who claimed the church had been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda.'"
The Rev. William Love now faces possible disciplinary action for his November directive barring same-sex marriages in the Albany-based diocese.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Friday referred Love’s case for disciplinary review. While the case is pending, Curry placed restrictions on Love that forbid him from penalizing clergy, laity or worshippers in the diocese for arranging or participating in same-sex marriages.
Curry said that while he believed in Love's sincerity and good will, the policy was mandatory for all dioceses.
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