The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona endorses the freedom to marry

edoazFBAmazing news! The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona has formally endorsed the freedom to marry in Arizona for all loving and committed same-sex couples.

With recent polling by the Pew Research Center showing all-time high support for marriage for same-sex couples amongst religious Americans, the announcement is further proof that support for marriage equality and a strong adherence to faith are not mutually exclusive.

In describing why he chose to endorse the freedom to marry, Bishop Kirk Smith shared this personal anecdote:

On the inside of my wife and my wedding rings are the ancient Latin words:  “Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.” “Where charity and love are found, there is God.” That is why I support marriage equality.

The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, which was established by General Convention in 1959, represents episcopalians across the state of Arizona—with more than 22,000 members.

Coming on the heels of this endorsement, it is clear that in almost every demographic, support for the freedom to marry continues to grow—particularly amongst the religious community.

We are overjoyed that we have received the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and Bishop Smith, and hope that with this endorsement, more in the religious community will be encouraged to speak out for marriage equality for all.