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SE Wisconsin Episcopal diocese okays same-sex marriages to be blessed

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - It's been two years since the Episcopal Church has allowed same-sex marriages to be blessed.

Now, the bishop of the southeast Wisconsin diocese has opened the door to such unions.

Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller says the blessing rites will be given only to couples whose marriages have been approved on a civil basis -- and only at a church in which the governing vestry agrees to its usage.

The Journal Sentinel says the new decision appears to be a compromise between clergy who've wanted the option, and Miller who has opposed the national policy as being deficient.

Kevin Carroll, who heads the bishop's standing advisory committee, says people on both sides will not like Miller's decision.

However, he says most clergy are relieved to provide something for same-sex couples who want their marriages sanctioned by the church.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)