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Covington's Trinity Episcopal to Host First Blessing of Same-Sex Couple in Lexington Diocese

Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Covington will host the first same-sex blessing in the Diocese of Lexington next week.

The church announced Friday that Reverend Linda Young, the associate rector of the church, will be joined in a life-long covenant and blessing on Saturday, June 7.

The liturgy for "The Witnessing and Blessing of the a Lifelong Covenant in a Same-Sex Relationship" was authorized by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2012 and each Diocesan Bishop could decide if and when to authorize it in their diocese. The Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn, the Bishop of Lexington, authorized the liturgy to be performed beginning on April 20 of this year.

A ceremony of this type is properly done in the context of the Christian Community, according to a news release from Trinity. In his letter to the Diocesan clergy, Bishop Hahn stated that this Rite “assumes that the couple has experienced blessedness not only in their relationship, but also in relationship to the community in which they seek blessing. It also assumes the community has recognized this blessedness and received blessing from the presence of same sex couples in its communal life.”

Linda and Gia were married in New York in 2013.

Those in the Cincinnati area or the Diocese of Lexington who are interested in witnessing this historic occasion are welcome to attend. Bishop Hahn will preside at the liturgy. There will be a reception in the church’s May Room following the Eucharist.

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Madison Avenue.

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