In sharp contrast to Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin, Rhode Island’s Episcopal Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision.
In a statement, Bishop Knisely said, ``I support this decision which allows same-sex couples to marry, not in spite of my Christian faith, but because of it. The Episcopal Church has been blessed for many years by the life and ministry of gay and lesbian couples, both lay and ordained. I have seen how they contribute to the common good of a congregation and community.’’
Knisely said, ``I am confident that our congregations will continue to welcome all people and wherever they are on their spiritual journeys. I suggest as we give thanks we also remain aware that this is still a place of disagreement. Our yearning for the peaceable kingdom calls us to be sensitive to the reality that while this decision of our highest court concludes the political debate, we must hold space for continued conversation in which we honor and welcome all.’’