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Episcopalians to Bless Gay Marriage

The Episcopalian Church on Tuesday became one step closer to approving gay marriage. Episcopal priests will now be able to bless same-sex relationships in a ceremony known as "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant," making the church the largest denomination in the country to endorse gay unions. Church officials were quick to point out that the service is not a marriage ceremony and that the blessing service will undergo a three-year trial run. But, the church has been more progressive than most when it comes to gay rights, and has allowed the ordination of gay priests since 2009.

July 10, 2012 8:18 PM