Statement on the Supreme Court's Equal Marriage Ruling

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in the case of Obergefell v Hodges is a momentous victory that affirms the dignity of all people. Episcopal Divinity School is proud of its history of leadership on issues of LGBTQ equality: from welcoming some of the first openly gay and lesbian students and faculty decades ago to advocating for equal marriage and the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in this century, EDS has long stood with our LGBTQ sisters and brothers in the fight for equal rights.

While the court’s ruling in Obergefell signals the start of a new era—an era in which marriage equality is a reality for all Americans—we recognize that there is still more work to be done both in the Church and the world.

As we celebrate this victory, we must recommit ourselves to fighting for justice and reconciliation: to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, to welcome LGBTQ people into all of our churches, and to raise up LGBTQ leaders in our communities.

We celebrate with members of the EDS community both past and present—with those who rejoice today, and with those who fought in decades past to realize this day and did not live to share it with us. As we have lived to enjoy the fruits of their labor, so must we continue to toil. As we have known the sweetness of this victory, so must we ensure that future generations know the sweetness of a more just and gentle world.

The Very Rev. Francis Fornaro

Interim President and Dean

Episcopal Divinity School


About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is a progressive seminary and theological graduate school for lay and ordained leaders of all denominations. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS awards Masters’ degrees in Divinity and Theological Studies, Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and Certificates in Anglican Formation; Justice, Reconciliation, and Mission; and Christian Spiritualities for the Contemporary World.

EDS offers unparalleled flexibility in its programs. Students may complete their course of study as Traditional Learning students, in residence at the school’s historic Cambridge campus, or as Distributive Learning students, taking blended online classes and completing four weeks of intensive campus residency per year.

EDS graduates serve as lay and ordained ministers of the Episcopal Church as well as in other Christian denominations. They are also leaders in a variety of professions and industries, including non-profit executives, mental health professionals, social workers, community organizers, academics, artists, and writers, often in addition to their work as clergy or church leaders.

EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of ten eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion in the Boston area.

A seminary for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Divinity School is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Episcopal Divinity School is an academic community of biblical, historical, and theological inquiry that respects students as responsible learners with valuable experience, supports spiritual and ministerial formation, and provides tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation.