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High-Ranking Lesbian Episcopal Priests Marry in Massachusetts

(image jo nevinslong - patriot ledger)

On New Year's Day, some history was being made in Massachusetts, the Patriot Ledger reports:

In a wedding that appears to be the first of its kind in the U.S. – at least in the Episcopal Church – former Plymouth priest the Rev. Mally Lloyd married the Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, dean and president of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, on New Year’s Day. The Rev. Lloyd, a former pastor at Christ Church in Plymouth, is now a ranking official of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

The Rev. Lloyd and the Rev. Ragsdale were married in a ceremony at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, with about 400 guests attending. Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, the state’s highest ranking Episcopal official, presided.

So far there has been no response from the conservative portion of the Anglican church.

A press release from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge said the two women were introduced by a mutual friend in the summer of 2008.

That was a few months before the Rev. Lloyd was appointed canon to the ordinary – the diocese’s chief operating officer – and about a year before the Rev. Ragsdale became the divinity school’s dean and president.

During their New Year’s Day ceremony, Bishop Shaw said: “God always rejoices when two people who love each other make a lifelong commitment in marriage to go deeper into the heart of God through each other. It’s a profound pleasure for me to celebrate with God and my friends Katherine and Mally their marriage today.”

Congrats to the couple.

Marriage of 2 lesbian Episcopal priests adds new twist to gay issues [patriot ledger]

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  1. It's a wonderful photo. You can sense their connection in their eyes.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Jan 4, 2011 10:14:03 AM

  2. Congratulations you two! First of many, many more to come!

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 4, 2011 10:29:26 AM

  3. As an Anglo-Catholic Episcopalian, I'm more shocked by the orange vestments WTF?? than the lesbians LOLOL Congratulations!

    Posted by: clint | Jan 4, 2011 11:21:03 AM

  4. @Clint: They're significantly less orange than they appear in that picture. The lighting in St. Paul's is funky. Though they aren't exactly gold either...

    Posted by: Patrick | Jan 4, 2011 11:59:27 AM

  5. Yes, in my mind I had to filter the orange into gold. :-)

    BTW, the term "Anglican Church" is not accurate. It is the "Anglican Communion" made up of churches in each "province" (country). However, your point is well taken, as many of the provinces do not like teh gay.

    Posted by: KJ | Jan 4, 2011 12:35:07 PM

  6. Good for them. I'm glad to see a Christian church that accepts gays rather than persecuting them.

    Posted by: James | Jan 4, 2011 8:57:19 PM

  7. He continued: "Either way it, you do not imprisoned, and do the things they want. We eat a few meals a week can always be together, right? Other salary or paid as usual
    I think more and more ridiculous, that a week ago, lost the dignity of man is arrogantly bargain with me, and this transaction is clearly unfair.

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