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Episcopal Bishop of Missouri supports St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's challenge to Missouri law prohibiting same-sex marriage

June 30, 2014

Bishop Wayne Smith

The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, George Wayne Smith, supports St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and City Counselor Winston Calvert in their challenge to Missouri law prohibiting same-sex marriage as not consistent with rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Mike Kinman, notes that there are more than 300 critical civil rights associated with marriage—from hospital visitation to inheritance. “The current ban has devastating effects personally, legally and economically for LGBT Missourians, “ said Dean Kinman.

In 1976, the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Resolution A069 affirmed that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church.” Resolutions in the years since have reaffirmed and extended these understandings.

In 2008, the 169th Convention of the Diocese of Missouri resolved (and sent on to the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church) “that this Church supports and upholds persons in same-gender committed relationships of enduring love, mutuality, and fidelity.”

"Even as the Episcopal Church works to clarify our theological understanding of and pastoral practices around same-sex blessings," said Bishop Smith, "I believe that it is not the place of the State of Missouri to deny the privileges and responsibilities of marriage to anyone, basing that denial solely on the gender of the couple."


I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing: Resources for the Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant in a Same-Sex Relationship from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of The Episcopal Church is published by Church Publishing, Inc. https://www.churchpublishing.org/

Full text of Resolution E-169 of the 169th meeting of the Diocese of Missouri, Nov. 2008, http://diocesemo.org/169-resolutions

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