She had 12 paragraphs to play with, but in none of them did Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein find any space for a conservative Episcopalian or Anglican to voice objection to the decision by Episcopal authorities to permit same-sex wedding ceremonies in the historic Washington National Cathedral in Northwest Washington, D.C.
“In some ways, the announcement that is expected Wednesday morning is unsurprising for a denomination and a diocese that long ago took up the cause of marriage equality,” Boorstein noted in the second paragraph of her January 9 story, but added that “the cathedral’s stature and the image of same-sex couples exchanging vows in the soaring Gothic structure… is symbolically powerful.”
Also “symbolically powerful” is Boorstein’s use of the term “marriage equality,” which is the favored language of same-sex marriage advocates and inherently loaded and political phrasing. At issue in the same-sex marriage debate is whether the social, cultural, and legal understanding of marriage should go from one man-one woman to two persons. A balanced reporter would avoid adopting the political rhetoric of one side of the debate, but Boorstein uses it without reservation.