Gay marriage opponents react to National Cathedral announcement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of gay marriage are expressing disappointment but not surprise at the announcement that same-sex weddings can now be performed at Washington National Cathedral.

Family Research Council Vice President Peter Sprigg says the Episcopal Church, which operates the cathedral, "has been moving away from Christian orthodoxy on the subject of sexuality" for years.

Sprigg predicts the decision will accelerate the Episcopal Church's long-running decline in membership.

Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage, says the national cathedral's announcement shows "that marriage is really an all or nothing deal." He says Americans must ask whether they want to retain traditional marriage "or fundamentally give it up."

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049-v-31-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor)--Washington National Cathedral has announced that it's now available for same-sex weddings. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (9 Jan 2013)

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197-a-12-(Peter Sprigg, vice president of policy for the Family Research Council, in AP interview)-"this particular issue"-Family Research Council Vice President Peter Sprigg says the National Cathedral's decision to allow same-sex marriage is not surprising. (9 Jan 2013)

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200-a-09-(Peter Sprigg, vice president of policy for the Family Research Council, in AP interview)-"on Sunday mornings"-Family Research Council Vice President Peter Sprigg says the gay marriage issue has ushered some people right out of the Episcopal Church. (9 Jan 2013)

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199-a-13-(Peter Sprigg, vice president of policy for the Family Research Council, in AP interview)-"longer than that"-Family Research Council Vice President Peter Sprigg says he's not suprised that there will be same-sex weddings at the National Cathedral. (9 Jan 2013)

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084-a-11-(The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in AP interview)-"have us be"-The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, says he doesn't think the Bible prohibits same-sex marriages. (9 Jan 2013)

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082-a-14-(The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in AP interview)-"the nation's capital"-The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, says the iconic church wants to advance gay rights. (9 Jan 2013)

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083-a-08-(The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in AP interview)-"live with that"-The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, says he knows some people may object to the cathedral's decision. (9 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO NY110: FILE - Scaffolding is seen on the Washington National Cathedral in this Nov. 12, 2011 file photo taken before the consecration service of the first female Bishop of Washington, Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde. The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages. It will announce its new policy Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (12 Nov 2011)

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