PBS ’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly—Religious Reaction to Same-Sex Marriage Decisions

Posted by Kendall Harmon

[KIM} LAWTON: National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall announced in January that the cathedral would welcome the celebration of same-sex weddings.

[GARRY] HALL: I think there's a good biblical case to be made that God made human beings in God's image and blessed human beings and pronounced us good. So, whoever we are in our sexual orientation, we are good. And therefore the church needs also to make the same tools for living that have been historically available to heterosexual couples available to homosexual couples as well.

LAWTON: Hall acknowledges that many mainline Protestant denominations are still wrestling over the issue. Although his own denomination, The Episcopal Church has approved rites to bless same-sex unions that can be adapted to use in weddings, it officially still defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Meanwhile, religious opponents of gay marriage say no Court decision or poll numbers will sway their position.

[RUSSELL] MOORE: We don’t believe that the state created marriage. Marriage did not come about through a legislative act or through court edict, so no government bureaucrat or no Supreme Court justice has the authority to re-define marriage. Marriage is designed by God and embedded in nature and is beyond the reach of the state.

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1. Undergroundpewster wrote:

Pelagianism at the National Cathedral.

July 1, 9:47 am | [comment link]
2. Don R wrote:

So Rev. Gary Hall of Washington National Cathedral says,

I think there’s a good biblical case to be made that God made human beings in God’s image and blessed human beings and pronounced us good. So, whoever we are in our sexual orientation, we are good.

Hmm, I suppose a lot of people get bored after reading the first chapter or so of Genesis, but I think he really should have kept at it; things start getting a little more interesting in chapter three. wink

July 1, 10:04 am | [comment link]
3. BlueOntario wrote:

Don R, that was my thought when I read Gary Hall’s statement, actually Genesis 6 and 7. But, it’s been the party line of TEc that sin is what those other people do and to justify picking and choosing scripture to fit the program.

July 1, 1:48 pm | [comment link]
4. Ralph wrote:

Holy Scripture as a whole is pretty interesting, and well worth reading. But, I don’t know how much Scripture-reading there is in the seminaries these days. Fr Hall is the ex-dean of a thriving TEC seminary, so one would have higher expectations of his knowledge and understanding of Holy Scripture.

Let’s toss in Ps 5:4-6. Oh, and Proverbs 6:16-19.

Unrepentant sin is not a ticket to heaven.

July 1, 5:30 pm | [comment link]
5. Jim the Puritan wrote:

I’ll throw in Jesus’ own words at Revelation 21:8 and 22:15.

July 1, 7:04 pm | [comment link]
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