From The Living Church-
Mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court announced two rulings that ease the way for same-sex marriage, the Very Rev. Gary Hall of Washington National Cathedral led “A Service of Thanksgiving: Celebrating an Increase in Compassion and Equality.” The cathedral’s carillon bells pealed midday in response to the rulings.
The cathedral dean called the service, which was scheduled a week before the rulings, one of “reflection and hope.”
The victory same-sex advocates had sought was not total: the Supreme Court ruling did leave in place a provision of DOMA giving states the right to define marriage, which likely means vigorous challenges will continue in state courts. In a related Supreme Court case on Proposition 8 the justices took a procedural pass and effectively made no ruling, which marriage-equality advocates hailed as a victory.
Hall, who spoke for gay rights in March at the Supreme Court, hailed the DOMA decision as ushering in “a new era for our country,” one which grants “federal recognition and protection” to married lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
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