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Episcopal Church to allow gay marriages in churches

Jul. 3, 2015 - , The Episcopal Church will allow religious weddings for gay and lesbian couples.

At its Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly for the change.

Only a small minority of active and retired bishops of the Episcopal Church (26 out of 129) voted against the change on Tuesday. The following day, deputies approved the changes with a 173-27 vote, the AP reported.

The vote comes just days after the Supreme Court declared gay couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states.

"For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our congregations now know under the eyes of God and in every single state in this blessed country, they are welcome to receive all the sacraments," said the Rev. Bonnie Perry of Chicago, who is openly gay and married.

Clergy who disagree with the new rules, which take effect November 29, can decline to marry gay couples.

The Episcopal Church is the third mainline Protestant church after the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA) to allow such unions. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America allows individual congregations to decide the issue.


Time lapse shows entire Chicago Pride Parade and after party in minutes (VIDEO)
Jun. 30, 2015 - , Miss the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade and Boystown after party? Never fear, as a newly released time lapse video captures the entire celebration in just 10 minutes.

Filmed from a balcony in the 3300 block of North Halsted Street, the footage is courtesy of the same photographer who flew a drone over Northalsted Market Days 2014. Chicagoan and avid photographer Rob Sall says this year's parade video is the result of more than 24 hours of continuous picture taking, from parade setup to midnight walks of shame.

"We wanted to do a full-day time lapse to show [the parade] from the time they tow the cars at 5 a.m. until the next morning," Sall told ChicagoPride.com. "I started it at 5 a.m. Sunday morning, and it ran until 7 a.m. Monday morning. It's 18,311 pictures, or 44.12 GB of data.

"I just mounted the camera on the front railing of our balcony and let it run for the day," Sall continued. "Picture were taken every five seconds to show the entire process. Barren street, railings up, the flood of people, parade, cleanup, and then how the street at night are still chaos and packed all night long."

Sall says he talked about doing the time lapse last year, in addition to the drone footage of Market Days, but his mounted camera didn't work. This year, he ironed out all the kinks to get all the footage in one successful shot.

Lady Gaga 'not mistaken' in Chicago Pride Parade post
Jun. 30, 2015 - , Any confusion aside, Lady Gaga undoubtedly meant well when she posted a photo of herself on Instagram with a gay pride message.

"Watching over Chicago Pride from my apartment and smiling so big," she wrote. "So many happy people. Happy pride!! #lovewins."

The "Born This Way" singer added, "This is just about the coolest things I ever saw. It feels good to know how many of my friends and loved ones are out celebrating and feeling valued. #lovewins."

The thing is, Gaga wasn't technically 'watching over' Chicago Pride. The Chicago Pride Parade took place Sunday in the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods. Instead, Gaga was posing over the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, which hosted the Chicago Mariachi Festival Sunday afternoon.

The Mariachi Heritage Foundation and the media were quick to jump on Gaga's post.

"Thank you again for helping us make history! #GagaHasMariachiPride." the group joked on Facebook.

Gaga, a fervent supporter of gay rights, has since taken to Twitter to assure fans the post was no mistake.

"I am proud in general and did not mistake anything," she tweeted. "I spent the entire day riding around the city seeing people celebrate."

Gaga was in town after weekend performances with Tony Bennett at Ravinia. ChicagoPride.com was told Gaga was spotted Saturday at Chicago Diner in Boystown.

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