Churches opening doors to same-sex unions

Chicago Tribune Some denominations also requiring clergy in same-sex relationships to make them legal June 01, 2011|By Manya A. Brachear, Tribune reporter Illinois' civil union law not only empowers clergy to officiate same-sex civil unions, it has inspired a long-awaited formal rite in Chicago's Episcopal Church and now compels many clergy in committed same-sex relationships to make them legal.

Chicago's Episcopal and Lutheran bishops this week unveiled new policies for openly gay pastors in committed relationships and those who want to officiate same-sex civil unions. Many clergy already informally blessed same-gender partnerships.