The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, Rhode Island’s Episcopal Bishop, voted in favor of a resolution approved by the Episcopal Church’s highest governing body, that issued a strong statement that marriage should be available to ``straight, gay and lesbian couples equally across the church.’’
``This has been the practice in Rhode Island since very soon after I was consecrated bishop in 2012,’’ Knisely said in a statement.
The resolution was approved at a meeting of the church's leaders at a meeting in Salt Lake City.
Knisely also said that the church’s policy includes protections for Episcopalians who do not support gay marriage. ``The Episcopal Church has clearly stated in its resolution that no one will be expected to act against their conscience, and there are formal protections for clergy and laity who believe that marriage should remain only between a man and a woman. This has been the case in Rhode Island, and there has been very little conflict in the diocese over this issue in the last three years.’’