It just cries for a logo, don't you think?
The revelation that yet another committee is "studying the issue" (this one so secretly, no one knows who is on it), with a report destined for, oh, 2011 or so, shouldn't be surprise. In fact it very much mirrors what's going on politically in the US.
President Obama was elected promising to be a "fierce advocate" for the GLBT community. However, there has been no movement on the issues of most concern: First, repealing DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell), which is particularly high profile given the case of linguist Lt Dan Choi and pilot Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, both separated from the military for being gay. While this will have to be repealed by Congress, there are executive options available to stop the loss of these men, which the White House hasn't taken. But they have proposed a new study. Sound familiar?
Then, there's repealing DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), which is becoming particularly of concern given the rapid pace of marriage equality victories in the country. Six states now allow same sex marriages, and from the White House..... not a crumb, not a peep. Are those crickets I hear?
So the Double Secret Probation Bishop's Committee doesn't come as a surprise. I don't know what they are trying to delay, and in fact, the delay is a pastoral failure. After all, in 6 states faithful Episcopalians can get married by the state--but nothing from their church. One of our new Episcopal friends explained that he did not marry his long-time partner during the Interregnum in California specifically because of this. "I want a real marriage, in the church", he said. "We'll wait for that." At some level, just as I view Domestic Partnerships as "marriage lite", he views civil marriage as "marriage lite". More power to him. I hope he gets his wish (and I hope we are invited to the wedding.) It would help if the Star Chamber got a move on so TEC is not late to the equality party.