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St. John's Episcopal Church in Tallahassee now allowing same-gender marriages

Posted at 6:19 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 12:38:52-05

Editor's Note: We have updated the story to reflect some inaccuracies in our previous report.

With the goal of equality for all couples, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee will begin offering same-gender marriage ceremonies in the church.

The decision follows a report issued in December, by nine church members who mostly supported the move. In January, that recommendation was accepted by the St. John’s Vestry.

The church’s new marriage policy will now allow any couple to be married there, if one person is a baptized member of the Parish.

It’s a change that Reverend Dave Killen says many members are open to, but he does acknowledge that not everyone is supportive of the decision.

"We have people that are in agreement with this decision, those who might be a little confused by it and not sure what to think, and others who are against this decision. But, what I have told people from the very start is that we find our unity in love of God," said Rev. Dave Killeen.

Right now, there are no same-gender marriage ceremonies planned at the church. St. John’s Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in Tallahassee, established in 1829.

For more on the church’s same-gender marriage decision, click here.