OKLAHOMA CITY – While many religious institutions are fighting against same-sex marriages, one Oklahoma church is blessing those unions.
In October of 2013, St. Paul’s Church gained the approval of the bishop to perform ‘same-sex covenant relationship blessings.’
The dean of St. Paul’s Church, Justin Lindstrom, says after a series of town hall meetings and gatherings of the church community, the congregation reached a consensus that same-sex blessings should be allowed at St. Paul’s.
U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern’s ruling, which deemed the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, is seen as a huge victory for the LGBT community.
However, the ruling is pending the appeals process.
With the decision of same-sex marriage looming on the horizon, Lindstrom says St.Paul’s is looking to grant all couples the basic rights all human beings deserve.
If it is legalized, Lindstrom says he will likely petition the bishop once more for permission to perform same-sex marriages within the church.