Sewanee reverses same-sex ceremony ruling

Sewanee reverses same-sex ceremony ruling

June 10th, 2014 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Eva Walton, left, and Kathryn Kendrick

Eva Walton, left, and Kathryn Kendrick

Photo by The Tennessean /Times Free Press.

Caught between the Episcopal Church's official policy and the protests of alumni, faculty and students, Sewanee: The University of the South has struck a compromise that could set a precedent for religious universities' approach to same-sex ceremonies across the country.

A same-sex couple will be allowed a ceremony that proclaims lifelong commitment this fall in All Saints' Chapel, the nearly cathedral-sized church on Sewanee's campus - despite the fact they are already married.

The university originally turned down the request of Kathryn Kendrick and Eva Walton, who were wed May 31 in Washington, D.C., because the couple would be married before the covenant ceremony was to take place.

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