No ifs, ands, or buts about it! Now that gay marriage will be legal in the state of New York as of July 24th, Long Island Episcopal Bishop Lawrence Provenzano has mandated that all same-sex clergy members who are living together must do right by their church and chosen profession. So hurry up and get married already! “I need to be mindful that the church has always asked people to live in committed monogamous, faithful relationships. I won’t allow heterosexual clergy to live in a rectory or church housing without the benefit of marriage. When one puts it in that context, then you see how it all begins to make sense,” said Provenzano.
He ain’t foolin’ either: Provenzano has put a nine-month deadline for them to either get hitched or stop living together. So now the church is now forcing homosexuals to wed? Oh, the irony.
Reverend Christopher Hofer, pastor of the Episcopal Church of St. Jude agrees with Provenzano, “I think his statement was not only fair, but beyond generous. It gives people time, acknowledging that there’s a financial component involved and recognizing that some may not choose to live together. Now that the state is recognizing civil marriage, we as priests—perhaps deacons too—who are in committed relationships have a choice: we either live what we preach to become civilly married or we live apart.”
There’s nothing more romantic than a shotgun wedding. Swoon.