"The LGBT community needs to know that there is a familiar place to worship, and that no matter where they are on life's journey, they are welcome at Mt. Zion," said the Rev. Detra Evans, pastor of Cleveland's Mt. Zion Congregational Church UCC and participant in Cleveland Pride. "Our members love to love, and the community needs to be loved."
The debate can no longer be described as one between nonreligious and religious Americans. Support for same-sex marriage has risen by double digits in every major religious group since 2006. Today, solid majorities of Catholics (57 percent)—including equal proportions of white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (59 percent)—and white mainline Protestants (55 percent) have joined the religiously unaffiliated (76 percent) in supporting same-sex marriage (PRRI, March 2013).
Just as LGBT organizations joined the nation's other advocates for full equality in expressing outrage at the Supreme Court's striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, response to Wednesday's rulings in support of marriage equality was not limited to LGBT advocacy organizations.
GLAAD's Acting President, Dave Montez, addressed the New York marriage rally, cheering these victories, but also pointing to the remaining work to be done. In case you missed it, here are his comments.
Three of the leading U.S. medical associations -- the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) -- applauded the Supreme Court's decisions to overturn a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismiss a case over California's same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8.