Local Religious Leaders Split Over Same-Sex Marriage
Last Wednesday Judge Vaughn Walker Ruled To Overturn Proposition 8
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Same-sex marriage ceremonies could resume in San Diego as soon as Monday if the federal court judge who ruled last week to overturn Proposition 8 decides to lift the ban still in effect.The historic ruling that could happen on Monday has local religious leaders split on the issue.At Saint Paul's Cathedral in Park West, Episcopalians gathered for a Sunday service. On the minds of many was same-sex marriage and when they'll be able to tie the knot."This is what we've been waiting for," said The Reverend Canon Allisyn Thomas.Thomas said a third of the congregation at Saint Paul's Cathedral is LGBT and feels Prop. 8 has been depriving gay couples of their right to marry since its inception."We have many couples here that have been in relationships 10, 20, 30 years and to say that somehow their loving relationships are less worthy than straight couples is nonsense," said Thomas.Last Wednesday, federal Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Prop. 8 violates federal equal protections and due process laws but agreed to block gay marriages from immediately resuming until he can consider arguments on whether to keep the ban in effect while supporters take their appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."I'm hoping what happens is that the judge says we can go ahead and start issuing a license, rather than continue with a stay currently in process," said Thomas.But about 20 minutes away at Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa, the attitudes are opposite."People instinctively are aware that marriage is fundamentally one man, one woman," said Dr. Jim Garlow, who pastors Skyline Wesleyan Church.Garlow is praying that the ban on gay marriage remains and said he will fight to get the band reinstated if the judge chooses to lift it."This is not an issue of left versus right, it's right versus wrong. We will stand of the issue of marriage all the way through, one man, one woman," he said.California voters passed Prop. 8 five months after the California State Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions and an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples already tied the knot.