The Episcopal Church approved blessing services for same-sex couples at its General Convention Tuesday night. A local Episcopal Church said Wednesday that it still is not a done deal.
"People hear that in Indianapolis they made this decision that's gonna cover everybody in the entire Episcopal Church and that's just not the case," Assistant Pastor David Rominak at Abilene's Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest said. "There's a lot of local discretion and a lot of options for people in various communities."
Rominak said more approval must be given before the same-sex blessings are able to be performed locally.
"We'll have to wait to hear from our bishop up in Lubbock," he said.
A spokeswoman with the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas told KTXS Wednesday Bishop Mayer is expected to announce his decision this week.
Until Bishop James Mayer makes a decision, Rominak can only speculate.
"From what I understand, it's probably not going to happen in Northwest Texas, which is our diocese, anytime in the near future," he said. "What works for a place like Massachusetts where same-sex marriage is legal doesn't necessarily work in Texas where it isn't."
But Rominak said that does not mean the possibility should not be up for discussion.
"There are people of good will on both sides of that issue and both opinions and we welcome both to the table," he said.
The blessings have only been approved for a three-year trial period.
With nearly two million members in the U.S., the Episcopal Church is now the largest denomination that has officially sanctioned same-sex relationships.
In 2003, the Church elected its first openly gay bishop in New Hampshire.
Same-sex blessing ceremonies will not start taking place in approved parishes until December 2.