Episcopal church votes to allow religious same-sex weddings
SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted to allow religious same-sex weddings.
The vote came Wednesday in the capital city of Utah at the denomination's national assembly. The measure passed overwhelmingly in the House of Bishops with 129 votes of the 160 total. House of Deputies also passed the resolution with an overwhelming majority.
The church is based in New York of nearly 1.9 million members is known for electing the first openly gay Bishop in 2003. Since then many of the dioceses have allowed priests to perform civil same-sex weddings. The church didn't officially change its rules until Wednesday.
This change comes after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
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