In the strong religious disputes over marriage equality, many claims arise that these issues cause schisms within congregations and split up religious communities. How accurate are these speculations? A recent Huffington Post article takes up the question and congregates the scholarly research on the subject, and concludes that, actually, debates involving marriage equality and issues of sexuality affect local congregations very little.
"One of the things I've found people respond to in my story is that doing the hard thing, even if you're nervous or scared, that living with authenticity and integrity is worth it in the long run. It's the way we can honor God, who created us."
In an Op-Ed yesterday, the National Catholic Reporter, a major independent Catholic newspaper, detailed a compelling critique of San Francisco Archbishop Salvator Cordileone's involvement in the March for Marriage rally last Thursday in Washington, DC, where hundreds rallied against marriage equality before marching to the Supreme Court. The poignant editorial was an important step uplifting the voices of lay Catholics who understand and advocate for marriage equality in the context of their faith.