All Saints Church is proud to have been in the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality in the State of California just as we have been in the forefront of LGBT equality in the Episcopal Church. From the first blessing of a same-sex union in 1992 to the formation of the Beyond Inclusion ministry in 1997 to the work of Claiming the Blessing beginning in 2002, All Saints Church has been committed to both equal protection and equal blessing for LGBT children of God.
- For details on June 2013"Day of Decision" plans -- including the Decision Day rally (co-sponsored by All Saints Church) click here.
A Marriage Equality Time Line
May 2008 -- Following the May 15, 2008 Supreme Court decision ending the ban on same-sex marriage on May 22, 2008 the All Saints Vestry passed a resolution stating that that “… All Saints Church, Pasadena will treat all couples presenting themselves for the rite of marriage equally.”
June – November 2008 -- Between the lifting of the ban on same sex marriage on June 16th and the passage of Proposition 8 on November 4th forty-six same sex couples were married at All Saints Church.
May 2009 -- On May 26, 2009 the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a decision which not only deprived same-sex couples of the fundamental right to marry, but, in the words of dissenting Justice Carlos Moreno, “places at risk the state constitutional rights of all disfavored minorities.”
June 2009 -- At its June 2, 2009 meeting the All Saints Vestry unanimously passed a resolution stating that All Saints is committed to making the sacrament of marriage equally available to all couples and that in response to that commitment, the clergy at All Saints Church will not sign civil marriage certificates for any couples until the right to civil marriage is available to all couples.
August 2010 -- U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker declares Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
February 2012 -- Federal Appeals Court upheld Judge Walker’s ruling.
July 2012 -- At its General Convention in Indianapolis, the Episcopal Church overwhelmingly adopts Resolution D018 -- authored by All Saints staff member Susan Russell and urging the end of discrimination against same-sex marriages by the federal government.
December 2012 -- United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the Prop 8 case. More than two dozen bishops of The Episcopal Church filed two briefs in the United States Supreme Court supporting civil marriage equality for same-sex couples. Find out more here.
March 2013 -- Supreme Court oral arguments were heard on March 26
June 2013 -- Supreme Court rulings on Perry v Schwarzengger (the Prop 8 case) and Windsor v United States (the DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] case] are due before the end of the month. For a grapic outlining the possible outcomes click here -- with thanks to Lambda Legal.
Prop 8, DOMA, and the Arc of Justice:
A Progressive Christian Look at the Marriage Equality Cases
Ed Bacon “We will not stop until we have marriage equality”
OTHER RESOURCE LINKS:
California Faith for Equality: An interfaith coalition of clergy and lay leaders committed to marriage equality
Prop 8 Trial Tracker: An online source for tracking ongoing developments in the marriage equality struggle in California
SCOTUSblog: Discussion of recent developments in U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence