The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. is scheduled Friday to consider whether out lesbian Rev. Jane Spahr violated ecclesiastical law when she performed marriages for same-sex couples in California.
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.