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Episcopal Church OKs Gay Marriage

The Episcopal Church voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, a decade after the church’s first openly gay bishop was elected. Episcopalians voted 129-26 in favor of gay marriage at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City. “We learned to not only care for, but care about one another,” the Rev. Brian Baker told the Associated Press. “That mutual care was present in the conversations we had. Some people disagreed, some people disagreed deeply, but we prayed and we listened and we came up with compromises that we believe make room and leave no one behind.”