Episcopal Church Approves Same-Sex Marriage 

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In October 2013, Boise Weekly sat down with Bishop Brian Thom, leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, to talk about, among other things, the possibility of someday performing a same-sex wedding at an Idaho Episcopal church.

"Four congregations have asked my permission to conduct a study [on the matter], two in Boise, another in Sun Valley and one in Pocatello," Thom told BW. "The church still has to decide in 2015 whether to make it a regular rite."

That finally happened on July 1, when the Episcopal Church of America said it would permit weddings for same-sex couples after its members approved the change at a meeting of its governing body in Salt Lake City. There are approximately 1.9 million members of the Episcopal Church in the United States, including 5,000 or so in Idaho.

"I've arrived at that place of believing in full inclusion," Thom told BW in 2013. "If you're baptized a Christian, then you should be able to enjoy all of the rites that a Christian enjoys."

Thom said the gap on acceptance of same-sex marriage has been generational.

"My children think we're just idiots and we should move forward with this," he said. "They ask, 'Why are we even wasting time on this?'"
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