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Vt Episcopal bishop pushing to expand rites

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DES MOINES (AP)--A group of six bishops from the Episcopal church plan to push for greater recognition of same-sex marriages at a national gathering of church officials in California.

The Right Rev. Thomas C. Ely, the bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, says the group from states recognizing same-sex marriage will offer a resolution urging the church to allow them to extend a key marriage ritual to gay and lesbian couples.

Ely said the bishops want to adapt a marriage prayer book to include same-sex married couples, The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reported. It will be introduced at the church's General Convention, which starts Wednesday in Anahem. The event's held every three years.

Besides Vermont, states that have legalized same-sex marriage are Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Iowa and Connecticut.

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