David Codell in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Gene Robinson and Susan Russell interviewed on the General Convention floor, discussing the marriage equality victory and the future.
Today’s historic ruling means same sex couples will soon have both the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across the country. “This is a momentous win for freedom, for equality, for inclusion and most of all for love,” said All Saints rector Ed Bacon. “All Saints Church has been in the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality and so we celebrate today with deep joy that our country is one step closer to keeping the promise of the pursuit of liberty and justice for all.”
It is once again time for what has come to be known as “SCOTUS Watch” – as we await the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling on four pending marriage equality cases. While we do not yet know when their ruling will be announced, we do know it will happen before the end of the month of June. And while we certainly don’t know what that ruling will be, we do know that it will have a direct impact on the lives of same-sex couples in our nation.
by Susan Russell
June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means “all.” Everywhere.
by Susan Russell
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
All Saints Church has long been in the forefront of bending that arc toward justice in general and for LGBT people in specific. In 1992 when the blessing of the union of Mark Benson and Philip Straw was celebrated we were way out on the leading edge in a church that had no official provisions for such blessings and no protections against LGBT discrimination.
“There was breaking news on the marriage equality front this morning as the Supreme Court surprised many (let’s make that “most”) by rejecting without comment appeals from five states seeking to overturn lower court decisions in favor of marriage equality.
By refusing to sustain marriage discrimination in Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Indiana today the Supreme Court moved our nation a little closer to being a nation of liberty and justice for all.”
Sunday, August 24
12:30PM to 3PM
All Saints Forum
Join us for lunch and an award-winning documentary. This poignant and enraging true story opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will. An accidental death leads to a loving and committed partner finding himself completely shut out and ostracized without legal recourse.
Discussion following will be let by a lawyer who will educate us so we don’t find ourselves in a similar situation.
RSVP not required; Email email@example.com for info.
Susan Russell reviews the progress made in marriage equality — “two moms and apple pie” — and the effect it has had on the Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Read the whole story in the Huffington Post.