Washington National Cathedral officials will begin performing same-sex marriages.
The Washington National Cathedral will soon begin performing same-sex marriages, cathedral officials said Wednesday. The church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage, cathedral officials said.
As the nation's most prominent church, where hundreds of thousands of people gather to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, drawing many visitors and tourists and hosting funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.
The move is "the next step for marriage equality, says the cathedral's dean, the Very Rev. Gary Hall. Including gays and lesbians is "being faithful to the kind of community that Jesus would have us be," he adds.