Friday, June 26, 2015

Marriage Equality - Statements regarding the SCOTUS Ruling

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued this statement following today’s Supreme Court ruling:
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. [1Corinthians 13:4-8]
I rejoice that the Supreme Court has opened the way for the love of two people to be recognized by all the states of this Union, and that the Court has recognized that it is this enduring, humble love that extends beyond the grave that is to be treasured by society wherever it exists. Our society will be enriched by the public recognition of such enduring faithful love in families headed by two men or two women as well as by a woman and a man. The children of this land will be stronger when they grow up in families that cannot be unmade by prejudice or discrimination. May love endure and flourish wherever it is to be found.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Statement from the CT Bishops about the Supreme Court decision Friday legalizing same-sex marriage:

"Equal dignity in the eyes of the law." -- Justice Kennedy

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Today's Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage in all States. On this historic occasion, we give thanks for the voice of equality and inclusion that our Supreme Court has spoken. We recognize the countless men and women through the years who have worked tirelessly to bring this day about. We celebrate with those whose relationships are affirmed and respected by this vote. May all our relationships and families be strengthened by this recognition of the power, breadth and inclusivity of love.

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas & The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens

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