The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral, has called gay marriage a human rights issue.

The church announced earlier this month that it will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay members. However, the 106-year-old cathedral which has a storied history steeped in presidential tradition is not expected to hold a same-sex ceremony any time soon. The District of Columbia-based church only marries church members and has a lengthy waiting list.

Appearing on cabler Current's The War Room, Hall told host Jennifer Granholm that his church had a long tradition of “social witness.”

“There is a long tradition of social witness, both in the wider church and in the National Cathedral,” Hall said. “And I would say, frankly … you know I've been involved in this issue for a good couple of decades as an advocate for same-sex marriage. But I think that this is clearly the human rights issue of this part of the 21st century.”

“Some people will say, 'Well this is a distraction. The church should get back to other issues.' But I think marriage equality is the major social justice issue of this moment and I think it's important for us to lead on it in our church and in the cathedral.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)