Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Condones Same-Sex Unions

“The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has announced that church leaders can bless the unions of same-sex couples as a matter of policy. The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, whose diocese encompasses Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties, made the announcement Friday during a diocesan convention in Riverside.” This comes less than a week after a group of conservative church leaders broke off from the Episcopal Church over same-sex inclusion. The blessing is not considered a mandatory rite and clergy are not required to perform it. [LAT]