Nothing Has Changed

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Statement from Bishop Paul, Diocese of the Midwest (OCA) here

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — His Grace, Bishop Paul, issued the following statement, dated June 26, 2015, in response to the US Supreme Court’s decision with regard to same-sex marriage.

The text reads as follows.

“As many of you are aware, on Friday, June 26, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, issued a 5-4 decision to overturn all bans of same-sex marriage by states and affirmed this union as being a constitutional right.  In effect, the court has ruled that same-sex marriages can be legally performed by all states in our country.

“As your bishop — and from the perspective of the Church — nothing has changed.  Even though same-sex marriage is ‘legal,’ no blessings will be given to any priests to conduct same sex-marriages in our parishes.  Those who are in same-sex marriages conducted by their respective states, who are unrepentant, will not be communed.

“I would encourage our clergy and faithful to re-read the ‘Synodal Affirmation on the Mystery of Marriage’, issued by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America exactly two years ago, on June 26, 2013.  Likewise, I would urge our clergy and faithful to re-read the 2013 Statement from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, ‘On Marriage’.

“There is much more I would like to say on this issue, but it seemed good to at least release this brief statement at this time.  Meanwhile, I urge our Midwest Diocesan clergy to read and/or distribute the Synodal Affirmation and Assembly Statement in their parishes.”

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