More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Minnesota Episcopalians Vote to Support Marriage Equality
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.