Faith Leaders in California Celebrate Gay Marriage in Iowa

By GLAAD |
April 3, 2009

A press release from California Faith for Equality celebrated the Iowa court decision for marriage equality and challenged the California court to make a decision that goes beyond "popularity" or beliefs of "religious caucuses."

CALIFORNIA CLERGY APPLAUD IOWA COURT - SAY ‘OVERTURN PROP 8'

When Iowa's high court ruled on April 3 that same-sex couples can marry, California Faith for Equality executive director, Rev. Samuel Chu said, "We celebrate the Iowa Supreme Court AND the first decision of the California Supreme Court.  They both ruled that-civil marriage must be available equally to everyone.

"Now, the California Supreme Court is in the midst of deliberation and needs to get it right again.  We urge the court to stand by its first position because equality is not a popularity contest and the person you marry should not be determined by religious caucuses-no matter how fervent or well-financed." Rev. Chu is also pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.

California Faith for Equality is training faith leaders in activism, called TRUTH TO POWER, focused on peaceful, yet powerful, direct actions in response to the Court's ruling if it upholds Proposition 8.  Prop 8 stripped marriage equality from the California Constitution through a simple majority vote.

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