The cathedral’s decision is not surprising for a denomination that has paid a price for its stance. The Episcopal Church shed members and set off an uproar in the international Anglican Communion to which it belongs by consecrating its first openly gay bishop in 2003.

But the cathedral’s step carries weight because of its historic role as the nation’s unofficial capitol of worship, where Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan were eulogized, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last Sunday sermon and where the nation mourned the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Later this month, the cathedral will host the second inaugural prayer service for President Obama.

The cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, said: “We have a lot of gay and lesbian Christians. What the National Cathedral is saying by doing this is we want to give faithful lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people the same tools for living their lives faithfully that straight people have always had, and marriage is one of those tools. This comes out of even more of a theological understanding, for me, than it does out of a political agenda.”

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marriage for gay couples. Not all Episcopal bishops have allowed priests to bless same-sex unions, but the bishop of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde, who oversees parishes in the district and parts of Maryland, recently allowed such unions after Maryland’s voters approved gay marriage in November.

Bishops in five dioceses and priests in at least 100 parishes have broken from the Episcopal Church since it consecrated its first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire. Bishop Robinson recently retired. According to the church’s headquarters in New York, membership has held steady at 2.2 million, though others say membership has declined.

The Washington National Cathedral has about one thousand regular congregants and many more visitors who attend Sunday services. Dean Hall said that the cathedral marries only couples who are congregants, volunteers, donors or graduates of the cathedral’s schools, but that there are no gay couples yet “in the pipeline.”

Three years ago, before there was an officially sanctioned rite, the cathedral held a private wedding ceremony for a gay couple on its staff that was presided over by John Chane, the previous Bishop of Washington, a cathedral spokesman said. Dean Hall said members of the selection committee that interviewed him last year made it clear that they wanted the cathedral to bless same-sex marriages. 

"The New York Times"

The Democrats in Washington have begun to actively advocate on behalf of Gays in America having been convinced by Gay leaders that these people are being discriminated against some how.  Gays feel they should allowed equal rights under the law concerning marriage.  To me this is one of the most ridiculous claims I've ever heard in my life for several reasons.  

I won't deny there are some Gay couples who are very much in love with their "significant other" how ever, most Gay persons I've been acquainted with are highly unfaithful in their relationships and change their "significant others" on a regular basis.  Secondly there is the question of children -  or is there?  They don't have any!  Thirdly there is the question of common property?  Again there is usually no common property!  So what is the big deal about being married?  It's really a question only a fool would entertain.  

The Democrats are really pushing the boundaries of good judgment and taste.  It's an Issue - non issue.  What appears to be discrimination is really a sham when we examine the facts.   Gay marriage is a fools issue.  What color is the sun in their world and can you get four quarters for a dollar there?  I asked myself, just how many of these people are there in this country and found the numbers very small indeed.  The following article from reveals the population statistics of Gays in America which is followed by a second article from PFLAG Phoenix with other statistics:

Gay Population Statistics  
How Many Gay People Are There?

By Ramon Johnson, Guide

How many gay people are there in the United States?
The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, a sexual orientation law and public policy think tank, estimates that 9 million (about 3.8%) of Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (2011). The institute also found that bisexuals make up 1.8% of the population, while 1.7% are gay or lesbian. Transgender adults make up 0.3% of the population.

Why is this number an estimate?

The number of LGBT persons in the U.S. is subjective. Studies pointing to the statistics are estimates at best. The most widely accepted statistic is that 1 in ever 10 individuals is LGBT; however some research estimates 1 in 20. Of course, this all depends on one's definition of gay (which may vary by study) and the participants willingness to identify as gay, bi, lesbian or transgender. So, why can't the actual number of GLB people be counted? There are many things to consider when trying to count the number of GLBT persons.

What do the experts say?

When asked about GLB population statistics, Gary J. Gates, a Senior Research Fellow at The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, says:

"That's the single question that I'm asked the most. The answer is unfortunately not simple. I'll respond with a question. What do you mean when you use the word 'gay'? If you mean people who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual in a survey, then the answer is that it's likely not one in ten, but closer to one in twenty. A recent government survey found that 4 percent of adults aged 18-45 identified as 'homosexual' or 'bisexual.' A similar proportion of voters identify as GLB. If you define gay as having same-sex attractions or behaviors, you do get higher proportions that are a bit closer to the one in ten figure."

Today's Gay Youth: The Ugly, Frightening Statistics

Still think that people CHOOSE to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender? After reading the following sobering statistics, ask yourself this: What SANE person would CHOOSE to be subjected to all this?!
SUICIDE & DEPRESSION {Note: Numbers appearing in parentheses "( )" at the end of each statement denote the source of that information. All sources are listed at the bottom of this page.]
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death among gay and lesbian youth. (1)
  • Gay and lesbian youth are 2 to 6 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth. (1)
  • Over 30% of all reported teen suicides each year are committed by gay and lesbian youth. (1)
  • 50% of all gay and lesbian youth report that their parents reject them due to their sexual orientation. (2)
  • 26% of gay and lesbian youth are forced to leave home because of conflicts over their sexual orientation. (1)
  • In a study of 194 gay and lesbian youth, 25% were verbally abused by parents, and nearly 10% dealt with threatened or actual violence. (12)
  • Approximately 40% of homeless youth are identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. (3)
  • Service providers estimate that gay, lesbian and bisexual youth make up 20-40% of homeless youth in urban areas. (18)
  • In a study of male teenagers self-described as gay or bisexual, 27% moved away from home because of conflict with family members over sexual orientation. Almost half had run away from home at least once. (2)
  • Gays and lesbians are at much higher risk than the heterosexual population for alcohol and drug abuse. (1)
  • Approximately 30% of both the lesbian and gay male populations have problems with alcohol. (1)
  • Substantially higher proportions of homosexual people use alcohol, marijuana or cocaine than is the case in the general population. (6)
  • 55% of gay men have had a substance abuse problem sometime in their life. (10)
  • Approximately 28% of gay and lesbian youth drop out of high school because of discomfort (due to verbal and physical abuse) in the school environment. (2)
  • Gay and lesbian youth’s discomfort stems from fear of name calling and physical harm. (4)
  • Gay and lesbian youth are at greater risk for school failure than heterosexual children. Academic failure, lack of student involvement and low commitment to school are profound for gay and lesbian youth because schools are neither safe, healthy nor productive places for them to learn. (1)
  • Teenage students (gay AND straight) say the worst harassment in school is being called ‘gay’. (11)
  • In a national survey, youth (gay AND straight) described being called “lesbian” or “gay” as the most deeply upsetting form of sexual harassment they experienced. (14)
  • Gay students hear anti-gay slurs as often as 26 times each day; faculty intervention occurs in only about 3% of those cases. (9)
  • In Seattle, 34% of students who described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual reported being the target of anti-gay harassment or violence at school or on the way to or from school, compared to 6% of heterosexual students. (16)
  • Gay and lesbian youth live, work and attempt to learn in constant fear of physical harm at school. (4)
  • 27% of gay and lesbian youth have been physically hurt by another student. (12)
  • In 53 schools in Washington State, 77 incidents of anti-gay harassment and violence have been reported in the past 3 years, with 34 of these incidents (44%) serious enough to warrant possible criminal allegations. (15)
  • Few administrators discipline students for name-calling and harassment of gay and lesbian students. (5)
  • Teachers may wish to stop harassment and anti-gay comments, but few have had any specific training which would teach them to intervene effectively and many fear reprisals without the explicit support and backing of their administration. (5)
  • In Michigan, 28% of school personnel surveyed determined their school environment to be emotionally unsafe for gay and lesbian youth. (17)
  • Over 50% of national youth servicing organizations report that they do not have services or resources in place to educate youth on sexual orientation or to support gay and lesbian youth. (13)
  • There are very few openly gay staff members or teachers in schools. (5)
  • The presence of openly gay and/or lesbian staff members is a crucial component of any school program seeking to reduce bigotry and provide support for gay and lesbian students. (5)
  • Gays and lesbians are the most frequent victims of hate crimes. (7)
  • Gays and lesbians are at least 7 times more likely to be crime victims than heterosexual people. (7)
  • At least 75% of crimes against gays and lesbians are not reported to anyone. (8)
  • In a study of 5 metropolitan areas (including Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, and San Francisco), there were 1,833 [reported) incidents of anti-gay and anti-lesbian crimes, which was a 31% increase over the previous year. (8)
  • In a typical class of 30 students, 8 students (27% of the class) will be directly affected by homosexuality of self, one or more siblings, or one or both parents. (10)


1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide: Gay Male and Lesbian Youth Suicide.” (1989)
2. Remafedi, Gary. (1987). "Male Homosexuality: The Adolescent's Perspective." Pediatrics, Issue 79. pp. 326-337.
3. Seattle Commission on Children and Youth. (1986). "Survey of Street Youth." Seattle, WA: Orion Center.
4. Eversole, T. "Addressing Specific Risk Factors Among Lesbians and Gays.' Counseling Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth Training Manual. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
5. Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. (1993). "Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth: Breaking the Silence in Schools and in Families." Education Report. Boston, MA.
6. McKirnan, D. J. & Peterson, P. L. (1989). 'Alcohol and Drug Use Among Homosexual Men and Women: Epidemiology and Population Characteristics." Addictive Behaviors, 14 (5). pp. 545-553.
7. SIECUS Fact Sheet on Comprehensive Sexuality Education. (February/March 1993). "Sexual Orientation and Identity.” SIECUS Report.
8. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute Report. (1991). Washington, DC.
9. Massachusetts Department of Education Survey, 1997
10. “Breaking the Silence for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth.” (1996) New Hartford, NY.
11. Harris/Scholastic Research, ‘Hostile Hallways: AAUW Survey of Sexual Harassment in America’s Schools” (1993)
12. Anthony D'Augelli, unpublished study, 1997. Studied 194 lesbian, gay and bisexual youth aged 14 to 21 attending social and support groups in fourteen metropolitan areas.
13. Advocates for Youth. Survey and Needs Assessment of Youth Serving Organizations Capacity for Working with Sexual Minority Youth, March 1995.
14. American Association of University Women, 1993. A total of 1,632 field surveys were completed by public school students grades 8- 11, in 79 schools across the U.S.
15. Safe Schools Anti-Violence Documentation Project, Washington State. Third Annual Report, 1996.
16. The 1995 Seattle Teen Health Risk Survey. Over 8,400 Seattle high school students completed the survey.
17. 1997 survey of 300 superintendents, school counselors and psychologists in public and private schools in five Michigan counties, conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Teacher's Network.
18. The National Network of Runaway and Youth Services. To Whom Do They Belong?: Runaway, Homeless and Other Youth in High-Risk Situations in the 1990's. Washington, DC. The National Network, 1991.