It's been a big day for the Episcopal Church!
The Church held two very important votes at the Episcopal General Convention today and both votes are very LGBT friendly.
The Episcopal Church has approved both the ordination of transgender individuals as priests and an official liturgy that blesses same-sex unions.
More after the jump!
According to the Associated Press, "The Episcopal General Convention voted decisively Monday to add language to church rules that bars discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
Some Episcopal dioceses already ordain transgender priests or elect transgender lay people to positions of leadership. However, advocates for the transgendered say it's important to explicitly state acceptance as the churchwide policy."
Church leaders also voted 111-41 in favor of the liturgy that will bless same-sex unions. The plan now goes to convention deputies for final approval. We previously reported on the distinction between this blessing of same-sex "unions" versus same-sex marriages.
The Episcopal Church is the U.S. body of the global Anglican fellowship.
Exciting stuff for our religiously-minded LGBT family!