Increasingly, communities of faith are finding that discrimination doesn’t match their values, and religious groups are voicing their support for issues of LGBT equality. A powerful example was last weekend’s annual convention for the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota where they voted to oppose the state’s proposed anti-marriage equality amendment.
The language of the resolution reads as follows:
Resolved, the Episcopal Church in Minnesota opposes the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Minnesota banning same-sex marriage. Furthermore the Church will join other denominations and non-profit organizations in signing the “Resolution against the Constitutional Amendment to Ban Marriage for Same-Sex Couples” as prepared and presented by Minnesotans United for All Families:
‘We oppose the amendment to the Minnesota Constitution banning same-sex marriage. Minnesotans United for All Families may use my organization’s name in opposition to the constitutional amendment banning the legal recognition of same-sex couples.’
Minnesotans United for All Families is a statewide coalition of individuals, organizations, congregations and faith-based groups working to defeat the anti-marriage amendment in Minnesota.
As the Minnesota Independent reports, the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota now joins the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in denominational opposition to the anti-marriage amendment. Several individual congregations and faith-based organizations have also joined Minnesotans United for All Families in working to defeat the amendment.