Nigel, is marriage between homosexuals allowed in the Episcopalian Church? And if yes, how is it perceived today from the religious community, as far as you can tell?
As I said, please don't take my word as being the voice of being Episcopalian ... I can only really speak as a individual.
But to answer your questions:
is marriage between homosexuals allowed in the Episcopalian Church?
That is a tricky question, as what occurs in the UK, is different form what occurs in the Episcopalian Church in, say, the US, and that is mostly down to civil law, than anything else. but I would say in general yes.
And if yes, how is it perceived today from the religious community, as far as you can tell?
Now that is a enormous can of worms right there ...
As far as I can tell, the Episcopalians belong to the more liberal wing of the Anglican commune. However, on the key issues (the ordination of women, the ordination of gay clergy, and gay marriage), this brings them into direct dispute with the more conservative wing of the commune; I could go into great depth, but suffice to say the entire Anglican community is fractured along idealogical faultlines that threaten to split it into various fragments.
But this split goes further; in a way, it mirrors the split between the conservative parts of Christianity, and the more liberal parts.
However, I take it when you say the religious community, you mean the difference between the Episcopalians and all other faiths, rather than just Christianity. That is in itself a big question, and requires a more in depth knowledge of other faiths than I currently have.