Lesbian Episcopal Priests 'Married' by Mass. Bishop

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Two of the Episcopal Church's most high-profile lesbian priests were married to each other in a ceremony presided by Massachusetts Episcopal Bishop M. Thomas Shaw.

Mally Lloyd is an official in the Episcopal diocese of Massachusetts and Katherine Ragsdale is dean of the Episcopal Divinity School. The ceremony took place on New Year's Day in Boston, according to the Patriot Ledger.

Shaw, a longtime supporter of gay marriage, gave his parish priests permission to perform same-sex marriages after the 2009 Episcopal General Convention voted to allow "generous pastoral response" in such situations.

"Much like the consecration of openly partnered homosexual Bishops Gene Robinson and Mary Glasspool, the Episcopal Church's embrace of same-sex unions continues to drive a wedge between liberal Anglicans in the U.S. and traditionalists in the Global South," said Jeff Walton, communications manager for the Institute for Religion and Democracy.

"Ultimately, this is a dispute about scriptural authority, with liberals following what they attest to be widening human experience about sexuality, while traditionalists appeal to historic teachings of the Church and a plain reading of Scripture," he added.

"The majority of the Episcopal Church is increasingly practicing a separate faith from what most Anglicans practice worldwide," he said. 

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