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Episcopalians approve same-sex union rite
 
With more than half of Americans under 34 openly supporting gay marriage, some Republicans are trying to encourage a more moderate GOP stance on the issue.
With more than half of Americans under 34 openly supporting gay marriage, some Republicans are trying to encourage a more moderate GOP stance on the issue.
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The Episcopal Church easily approved an official liturgy for blessing same-sex unions, at its triennial General Convnetion. Whether Episcopal priests can use the marriage-like rite to bless gay unions is up to their bishop, but won't be affected by state laws on same-sex marriage or civil unions. The church's House of Deputies approved the liturgy 171 to 50, and the House of Bishops gave its blessing, 111 to 41. The General Convention also approved allowing transgendered people into the priesthood.

 

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