This Monday, Washington became the seventh state to pass equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The Episcopal News Service published comments from Washington’s two bishops. The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel of the Diocese of Olympia, and the Rt. Rev. James E. Waggoner, Jr. of the Diocese of Spokane both stated their views in the story, which you can read here.
In the eastern Washington Spokane diocese, Bishop James Waggoner Jr. said in a statement e-mailed to Episcopal News Service that he had “been communicating my support for the legislation through various channels within the legislative process.” He “welcome[d] the decision and am grateful that it recognizes the reality of relationships already being lived out faithfully and lovingly. The validation of legal status and related rights, including benefits, is overdue.”
Bishop Waggoner has pledged to work with advisors in the diocese to establish policy around the new law. Stay tuned for a full statement from Bishop Waggoner soon.