San Diego: Marrying Time July 2, 2014 News The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes writes to Diocese of San Diego clergy: It has now been one year since the Supreme Court opened the way for same-sex marriage in California. In the wake of that decision, lower courts have been striking down an array of state prohibitions and barriers to same-sex marriage. As you know, through a provision provided by General Convention 2009, I permitted first blessings of same-sex couples and, after the Supreme Court’s actions, same-sex marriage. At the time, I issued guidelines for you to follow. While we remain in a provisional time when our canons have not fully caught up to what I believe is an intersection of the movement of the spirit and the understanding of the people, it seems that now is the time to remove any distinction between same-sex marriage and other marriages. Read the rest.