Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo provide an argument in favor of marriage equality from a Catholic perspective. They write, "The opposition to marriage equality by the church’s hierarchy is well known, but in the quiet of their own consciences, millions of Catholics are arriving at different conclusions rooted deeply in the teachings of our faith. We support marriage equality, and we won’t forget the Catholic legislators and governors who have worked on behalf of justice for lesbian and gay couples."
Despite the deep divide between some religious leaders and government officials over contraceptives, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll found most voters favor some type of legal recognition for same-sex couples.
President Barack Obama has announced his appointment of Reverend George Walker, Jr., an openly gay man, to serve as a member of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark; Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz, senior rabbi of Temple B’Nai Jeshurun in Millburn; and the Rev. E. Roy Riley Jr., bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America penned an op-ed making the faith case for marriage equality in New Jersey.
The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB), the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA),and the Alliance of Baptists have joined together to sponsor a campaign titled “Many voices, One Love” for marriage equality in North Carolina.
On Tuesday, February 7, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling that California’s initiative repealing marriage equality (Proposition 8) is in violation of the federal Constitution.
Though the Northwest Arkansas Times has yet to formally announce a policy change, the paper is now devoting time and space in its opinion pages to local readers who are asking them to treat all loving and committed relationships equally.