Washington bishop welcomes Obama's change of heart

Posted May 11, 2012

[Episcopal Diocese of Washington] The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, released the following statement May 10, welcoming President Barack Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality:

“I want to thank President Barack Obama for his forthright description of how he came to change his mind on the issue of marriage equality. While some commentators are dismissing the President’s “evolution,” the fact is that many of us have a similar story to tell. We grew up in social and spiritual traditions that taught us that same-gender orientation was a perversion, was a sin. Yet over time, and in relationship with people whose lives and examples contradicted our assumptions, we came to a different conclusion. Eventually, we came to realize that the sacred traditions we thought were opposed to same-gender relationships had much to say in support of them.

“The President acknowledged that it was the example of staff members in committed, monogamous relationships; the same-gender parents of his daughters’ friends, and brave gay and lesbian soldiers that made him reconsider his opposition to marriage equality. This is only fitting. Jesus said that by their fruits you would know them. The President, like millions of other Americans, recognized goodness and holiness in the lives of same-sex couples, and had the courage and humility to change his mind.

“I offer him my appreciation and my prayers.”


Comments (7)

  1. David Krohne says:

    That’s our bishop! God bless her!

  2. Hugh Magee says:

    This is a great statement!

  3. Dianna Woolley says:

    A beautiful statement indeed!!

  4. David Desrosiers says:

    Sad. It is becoming very difficult to defend our church when the leaders of our church do not see how the leader of this country is using them for his own political gain. At what cost will we follow these leaders? I truly feel the Bishop does not understand the meaning of courage because I have seen none in the current President and feel this is the Bishop’s way to use the church as a forum to support her presidential choice. What would the Bishop say to clergy who refuse to marry same-gender couples? Would the Bishop support them for their courage? I don’t really expect any answers to my question.

  5. Karen Gonzalez says:

    True courage is defined by the willingness to speak the truth, especially in the face of a barrage of political correct society. The Bible says that homosexual behavior is a sin, an abomination to the Lord. You find it in the Old Testament, the New Testament, as well as in the very words of Jesus Himself. There will always be people who quote scripture out of context and twist it to fit their own agenda. I don’t hate homosexuals – I pray for them. They have believed a lie and they are caught up in a lifestyle that will eventually kill them and send them to hell. That is not my idea, it’s from God. And the church leaders that teach otherwise will have to answer to God for their false teachings. You have a right to disagree…and that’s fine. But I will speak the truth, at whatever the cost. I won’t bow down to social pressures, and I won’t go along with the crowd. I would rather please God than man.

    1. Rhian Roberts says:

      Loving people is loving God. I realize “love” has become a common-place and trite word, and I will not define it here. I also understand that many people believe in “tough love”, but I rather be walked-over than harmfully inflict so called “tough-love”. In any event, I do not aim to convince you of anything. “Logical” arguments do not soften peoples’ hearts to God.

      I wonder though, what might happen if you surrendered your desire to be “right” (since you think you’re right), and opened yourself to truly serve others?

      Don’t get me wrong, I used to chant statements such as your last 2 sentences – especially so when I lived among like-minded people. But now I have to accept that humility must always accompany faith, since faith by definition is something not proven. I am not saying that I agree with your choice of interpretations, but I’m sure that I have my own wonky ideas, and I always have to allow for the possibility of being wrong. Thus, I am compelled to ask myself, would I be willing to risk going to hell if I believe I am truly loving people?

  6. Joe Clark says:

    The Bishop has wisdom, courage, experience and a deep faith. It shows and I thank her

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