EPISCOPALIANS VOTE TO ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE IN CHURCHES

Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop. The vote came in Salt Lake City at the Episcopal General Convention, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. It passed in the House of Deputies, the voting body of clergy and lay participants at the meeting. The House of Bishops approved the resolution Tuesday 129 to 26 with five abstaining.



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