Episcopal Bishops Oppose Measure to Ban Gay Marriage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's Episcopal bishops are opposing a measure on next week's ballot that would overturn the court-ordered right to same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 would amend the state constitution to say that only marriage between one man and one woman would be recognized in

Bishop Marc Andrus, whose diocese is based in San Francisco, views gay marriage as a matter of equal rights and argues that the Bible's condemnation of gay sex is outweighed by its call to love one another.

The Episcopal Church doesn't perform same-sex marriages, but
Andrus says he offers church blessings that look like weddings to
gay and lesbian couples who get legally married by state officials.

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