Gay progress across the pond

The Church of England - - ENGLAND ON SUNDAY -

Washington’s na­tional cathe­dral, venue for many im­por­tant na­tional oc­ca­sions and the seat of both the Epis­co­pal Bishop of Washington and the Pre­sid­ing Bishop, has an­nounced that it will host same-sex mar­riage. The Dio­cese of Washington has al­ready an­nounced its ac­cep­tance of gay mar­riage and the readi­ness of can­di­dates to ac­cept the change was raised when a new Dean was ap­pointed. The Ver y Rev Gary Hall called it an ‘hon­our’ to lead the march to greater equal­ity. An evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor from At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, was forced to pull out of the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama where he had been asked to give the bene­dic­tion when a video sur­faced of a ser­mon he gave 20 years ago in which he de­nounced gay rights. The pas­tor was orig­i­nally cho­sen be­cause of the ef­forts he has made to mo­bilise evan­gel­i­cals against traf­fick­ing. In a state­ment Pas­tor Louis Giglio said he with­drew be­cause the prayer he of­fered ‘would be dwarfed by those seek­ing to make their agenda the fo­cal point of the in­au­gu­ra­tion’. Obama’s de­ci­sion to ask the widow of as­sas­si­nated civil rights ac­tivist Medgar Evers to de­liver the in­vo­ca­tion at the in­au­gu­ral was the first time it was not de­liv­ered by a re­li­gious min­is­ter.

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