Episcopalians to Bless Gay Marriage

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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.