Los Angeles bishop hails Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality

Posted Jun 26, 2013

[Diocese of Los Angeles] Marriage equality for all was reaffirmed today by the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the six-county Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, who commented after the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement of its rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop. 8.

“Today we reaffirm that marriage equality does indeed mean marriage equality for all,” Bruno said. “This understanding is widely held within the Diocese of Los Angeles and endorsed by the larger Episcopal Church through its General Convention.”

We rejoice at the repeal of DOMA’s discrimination against LGBT families, and we feel confident that Gov. Brown and Attorney Gen. Harris will act swiftly to restore marriage for same-gender couples in California now that the U.S. Supreme Court action will allow the lower court’s decision to stand,” Bishop Bruno added.

“Pastoral and liturgical support for same-gender couples remains a priority in the Diocese of Los Angeles,” said Bishop Bruno, who five years ago formed a diocesan Task Force on Marriage to provide consultation and collaboration in this area. Meanwhile, Episcopalians at the churchwide level, responding to General Convention actions, formed a similar body and developed liturgies for provisional use.

To offer a prayerful community response to the Supreme Court decisions, a service of Holy Eucharist is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at St. John’s Episcopal ProCathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. All are welcome. Bishop Bruno will preside, and Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary D. Glasspool will preach for the liturgy, titled “A Celebration of Equality.”