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Contrary to what National Cathedral leaders say about their congregation’s acceptance and encouragement of same-sex weddings, Mr. Harmon said, across the country the Episcopal Church has “leadership that’s gone on an aggressive campaign using intimidation, money and lawsuits to silence anyone” who disagrees.

“It’s governance by the arbitrary. There’s no meaningful theology underneath it,” he said. “All it does is reinforce why we need to leave, and that’s very sad.”