EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Episcopal Same-Sex Couple Blessings To Start
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 22, 2013 3:24 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The leader of West Virginia's Episcopals says he has approved the opportunity for church blessings for same-sex couples starting later this year.
Bishop Michie Klusmeyer told The Charleston Gazette the ceremonies will start on Dec. 1.
Klusmeyer said the priest in charge and the congregations of individual churches must decide whether the blessings can occur.
He also said couples must be baptized and active members of a congregation for a minimum of six months.
Klusmeyer announced the decision over the weekend at a three-day convention of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia in Flatwoods.
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