Same-sex couples are about to get quite a wedding venue.
The Washington National Cathedral, a landmark in the nation's capital where prayer services for inaugurations and presidential funerals are held, will soon start hosting same-sex weddings.
The massive gothic-style church will be one of the first Episcopal congregations to use a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members, the Associated Press reports.
The decision to perform same sex weddings at the 106-year-old National Cathedral, a destination for half a million tourists a year, holds symbolic value at a time when the issue is gaining traction politically. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized same sex marriage.
"It's something for us to say we are going to do this in this very visible space where we pray for the president and where we bury leaders," Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral told the Washington Post. "This national spiritual space is now a place where [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people can come and get married."