Dear Diocesan Family,
I rejoice that today, January 6, on the Feast of the Epiphany, the State of Florida will take a bold and compassionate stand in permitting the legal marriage of same sex couples. For far too long we have suffered alongside our sisters and brothers who have felt God’s call to receive the full blessings of the church through the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. At long last their desires and our hopes have been realized.
I encourage the clergy and people of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to embrace those who might come to our doors seeking to be married. To the entire community of Southeast Florida: please know that everyone who wishes to be married in the Episcopal Church in Southeast Florida should contact their local church and make suitable arrangements to be married. However, it is important to note that clergy who are not willing to perform services are not required to do so. The same guidelines that have long applied to couples seeking marriage now apply to ALL couples seeking marriage in the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Southeast Florida. Our diocese has clearly stated her position long ago through her mission statement, “including ALL, excluding none”:
The Mission of the Diocese of Southeast Florida is to make known to all people the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, including ALL, excluding none.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my Archdeacons.
Archdeacon Bryan Hobbs – firstname.lastname@example.org
Archdeacon Tom Bruttell – email@example.com
Archdeacon J. Fritz Bazin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade