Thursday, June 27, 2013

National Cath. Rings Bells to Glorify Gay Marriage; Cath. Dean: High Court Rulings Allow Gay Equality

The National Cathedral is ringing its church bells -- along with some other Washington, D.C. churches -- to celebrate yesterday's Supreme Court decisions in favor of gay marriage, the Religion Today website reports today (June 27, 2013).

Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon yesterday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Unitarian churches.

The National Cathedral scheduled a prayer service for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families last night at 7 p.m. to celebrate the rulings.

The Rev. Gary Hall -- the cathedral's dean -- said in a statement that the church was ringing its bells "to celebrate the extension of federal marriage equality to all the same-sex couples modeling God's love in lifelong covenants." Hall added that the rulings should serve as a call for Christians to embrace religious marriage equality.

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