Christopher D. Hofer, Kerry Brady


The Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, right and his partner of 17 years, Kerry Brady at Hofer’s parish, the Episcopal Church of St. Jude on Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Wantagh, N.Y., where they plan to wed in August. As more states legalize same-sex marriage, religious groups with ambiguous policies on homosexuality are divided over whether they should allow the ceremonies in local congregations. The decision is especially complex in the mainline Protestant denominations that have yet to fully resolve their disagreements over the Bible and homosexuality.(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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