According to the Modesto Bee, the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (CA) has authorized blessings, not just for same-sex couples, but for cohabiting heterosexual ones as well:
Beginning Sunday, Episcopal priests in the San Joaquin Diocese can “perform blessings of same gender civil marriages, domestic partnerships and relationships which are lifelong committed relationships characterized by fidelity, monogamy” and “holy love.”
The change doesn’t mean Episcopal priests will begin marrying same-sex couples, Bishop Chester Talton said. Such marriages are forbidden by state law, although that is under review by the courts.
Instead, Talton said, “what is being authorized is a blessing of relationships, which we’ve chosen to call sacred unions.”
That would include a blessing for same-sex couples who were married in a civil ceremony for the short time in 2008 when such marriages were legal in California, he said. It also would include homosexual or heterosexual couples who are not married, but live together in a committed relationship.
The impact, Talton said, will “acknowledge the sacredness of that relationship. I think it also says our church is one that is inclusive, that welcomes all, that will embrace all members of God’s creation in God’s church.”
And heaven forbid, in their insistence on being “inclusive,” that they should ever suggest that there is any sexual activity, or any form of relationship, that God would not approve. Next up: open marriage, polyamory, and polygamy. As long as the human beings consent, hey, why should the church interfere. God certainly doesn’t care.
All I can say is I hope Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac doesn’t ever go looking for pastoral care in the Central Valley:
(Via Stand Firm.)