The Washington Times - March 26, 2013, 09:51AM

While an American conference of Catholic bishops is marching in favor of preserving the traditional definition of marriage, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral is calling on the Supreme Court to extend marital rights to same-sex unions as well.

The Very Rev. Gary Hall spoke out at a rally organized by the United for Marriage coalition this morning ahead of arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative that effectively banned same-sex marriage in the state.

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“Those of us from churches and synagogues and temples and mosques gathered today are saying: Our faith communities are ready to extend those rights to everyone,” Mr. Hall said. “It’s time for the government to do the same.”

“As one of the nation’s most iconic faith communities, Washington National Cathedral strives to be a house of prayer where all are welcome, a place where we believe every person is loved by God,” he added.

The issue of gay marriage has been a divisive one, with most states prohibiting it while popular support has shifted in favor of it and a growing number of states gradually are supporting the concept.

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriages have congregated in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington for days, ahead of a twin bill of arguments on Proposition 8 and then separate arguments on Wednesday concerning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits the federal government from recognizing state same-sex marriage laws.