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Love Wins!

06/26/2015 10:33 am ET | Updated Jun 26, 2016

This is a momentous win for freedom, for equality, for inclusion and, most of all, for love. It is a day to celebrate with deep joy that our country is one step closer to keeping the promise of the pursuit of liberty and justice for all. Today's historic ruling means same sex couples will soon have both the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across the country -- it is a triumph of justice over bigotry.

The justices have affirmed what a bipartisan super majority of Americans have come to understand: That the freedom to marry is a precious fundamental right the belongs to all. As momentous as today's historic decision is, we must now harness the momentum from marriage conversation to the work of securing additional advances towards equality, especially nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans. It is absolutely unacceptable that LGBT people can still be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes and denied service in restaurants and shops simply for being who they are.

But today, we celebrate. And here in Salt Lake City at the General Convention of our Episcopal Church we are considering legislation that would eliminate barriers for same-sex couples seeking the sacrament of marriage in our church. We pray for justice to roll down like waters in Salt Lake City for the Episcopal Church just as justice prevailed today in our Supreme Court. It is time for us as a church to "let our yes be yes." It is time for full inclusion of LGBT people in the work and witness of the Episcopal Church.