The National Cathedral announced that it would start performing same-sex marriages in January.
The Washington National Cathedral plans to hold a special prayer service for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families on the same day of a major Supreme Court decision.
Supreme Court justices will likely rule on the legality of same-sex marriage today. In support of the LGBT community, the cathedral is opening its doors tonight at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate, grieve or anticipate the Supreme Court's ruling.
At issue is the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress in 1996, which stipulates marriage as being between a man and a woman, as well as California's ban on gay marriage.
Regardless of how and when the justices rule, the cathedral says it will continue to advocate for same-sex marriage. The Cathedral's Dean, The Very Rev. Gary Hall, hopes to begin performing same-sex marriages in January.
In a statement, Hall says having the freedom to marry is not only a constitutional right but also a moral right.
Hall says faith-based communities are ready to extend the marriage right to everyone and it's time for government to do the same.