Episcopal Chaplain at Cornell University Will Hold Same-Sex Weddings

Seven months after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York State, the Cornell campus still has yet to see a same-sex wedding. Even so, religious leaders and gay rights advocates say, the legislation has already affected Cornell students and faculty.

The Rev. Clark West, chaplain at the Episcopal Church at Cornell University, will perform his first legal same-sex wedding for two Cornell alumni in a year.

“I will be ready, willing, and able to do it” when the time comes, he said. “[There are] a number of openly gay and lesbian students in our community, and if they ever decide to get married, I would be overjoyed at doing a wedding service if they would like me to.”

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6 comments on “Episcopal Chaplain at Cornell University Will Hold Same-Sex Weddings

  1. Luke says:

    Little did we dream in November, 1952, when our first child was baptised by Fr. Richard Stott in the unique surroundings of the Cornell chapel with its triagonal rotating altar/centerpiece, that it would come to this.
    In actuality, I gave up on Cornell when its administration allowed itself to be held hostage by terrorists wearing bandoliers of ammunition and displaying their shotguns.
    Sic transit gloria mundi.

  2. sophy0075 says:

    I hope this event will be well-documented in reports sent to alumni.

  3. Luke says:

    Recent alums will be more than pleased.

  4. Ad Orientem says:

    No surprise here. Cornell and the entire Ithaca area are well known as the San Francisco of upstate New York.

  5. Sarah says:

    RE: “Recent alums will be more than pleased.”

    True. . . to a certain extent — but the older alums have the money and are the current donors. ; > )

  6. trimom says:

    note to self: Cross Cornell off the college visitation list…..