Rev. Susan Russell: Episcopal Church Urges Congress to Dump DOMA. So What?

Last week the Episcopal Church concluded its every-three-year General Convention — a nine-day conglomeration of liturgy, legislation and shopping. We studied up on, prayed about, debated over and voted on a wide range of issues — from a church-wide response to bullying to committing to work for a just peace in the Middle East to making our non-discrimination canons transgender inclusive to adopting prayers for the loss of beloved animals. And one of the resolutions we adopted was entitled “End Discrimination Against Same Sex Marriages” — and it read in part:

Resolved, that the 77th General Convention urge members of the U.S. Congress to repeal federal laws that have a discriminatory effect on same-gender civilly married couples, and to pass legislation to allow the U.S. federal government to provide benefits to those couples.

As the proposer of this particular resolution(#D018 for the record) I was quite frankly both amazed and gratified that when it came to the House of Deputies for consideration, not a single speaker rose to the microphone to oppose it. Not a one. I was all ready for them. I had my under-two-minute-speech all written out and ready to go. Since they didn’t get to hear it, you do:

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U.S. Confidence in Organized Religion at Low Point

PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-four percent of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in “the church or organized religion” today, just below the low points Gallup has found in recent years, including 45% in 2002 and 46% in 2007. This follows a long-term decline in Americans’ confidence in religion since the 1970s.

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