Same sex marriage became legal in New York on July 24 there for gay priests with partners are heading to the altar. They have to. For example, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island set a nine-month deadline for them to marry or stop living together. He also expects gay clergy in committed relationships to wed due courses. What I find interesting is that, although a time frame is in place for gays to get married, the bishop is also saying that his diocese are off limits for gay weddings until he receives a clearer liturgical guidance from the national denomination.
It seems that regardless of what a state does to appease its population, the church will continually try to keep some sort of control by setting up rules and guidelines for their followers. The question is, will people listen? What is religion doing to these gay couples that are THRILLED to finally share their lives?
It seems the bishop is saying, Its OK for gays to get married, JUST NOT HERE!