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National Cathedral to perform same-sex weddings
華盛頓國家大教堂 將替同志配偶證婚

Supporters of gay marriage rally outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco, California on Jan. 11, 2010.
同志婚姻支持者二○一○年一月十一日,在加州舊金山的聯邦法庭外舉行集會。

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The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.

Cathedral officials say the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members.

As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. It draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.

In light of the legality of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia and now Maryland, Mariann Edgar Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, decided in December to allow an expansion of the Christian marriage sacrament. The diocese covers the district and four counties in Maryland. The change is allowed under a “local option” granted by the church’s General Convention, church leaders said. Each priest in the diocese can then decide whether to perform same-sex unions.

Gary Hall, the cathedral’s dean, said performing same-sex marriages is an opportunity to break down barriers and build a more inclusive community “that reflects the diversity of God’s world.”

(AP)

美國華盛頓國家大教堂即將開始替同性婚姻證婚。該教堂經常是全國民眾悼念悲劇與慶祝新總統上任的地點。

大教堂執事表示,教堂將會是美國新教聖公會團體中,最先實行為男同志、女同志、雙性戀者與變性者信徒證婚的教堂。

這項由美國最著名教堂所做出的決定,具有極大的象徵意義。這座有一百零六年歷史的大教堂,長久以來是美國精神生活的中心。它見證了總統就職典禮,以及美國前總統隆納‧雷根與傑拉爾德‧福特的喪禮,吸引數十萬訪客觀禮。

根據哥倫比亞特區以及近日馬里蘭州對於同性婚姻的合法化,華盛頓新教聖公會主教牧師瑪麗安‧埃德加‧布德在十二月就同意放寬基督教婚姻宣誓儀式。其主教轄區涵蓋該區,以及馬里蘭州的四個郡。教堂執事表示,根據該教堂在宗教集會上一個「在地抉擇」的共識,才促成這項改變。在該主教教區內的每位牧師,則有權自行決定是否受理同性婚姻。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. mourn v.

悼念 (dao4 nian4)

例: The whole nation is mourning the tragedy that took place at the elementary school.

(舉國悼念在該所小學發生的悲劇。)

2. inclusive adj.

包容的;包括在內的 (bao1 rong2 de5; bao1 kuo4 zai4 nei4 de5)

例: The rent is NT$20,000 per month, inclusive of water.

(房租是每個月新台幣兩萬元,包括水費。)

3. diversity n.

多樣性 (duo1 yang4 xing4)

例: Maintaining biological diversity plays an important role in the survival of different kinds of life on Earth.

(維持生物多樣性,對地球上不同生物的生存,扮演很重要的角色。)


大教堂的主任牧師蓋瑞‧霍爾說,辦同性婚禮是打破藩籬、建造更具包容性社會的機會,這個社會「反映了上帝世界的多樣性」。

(美聯社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

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