Dozens of Minnesota rabbis have gone on record opposing the proposed marriage amendment, urging "all Minnesotans of conscience and faith" to vote against the change to the state constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman.
More than a handful of states are currently debating whether to extend the legal protections marriage brings to gay and lesbian couples and their families. We are watching with anticipation as states like Washington and Maryland inch closer to treating all families with fairness and equity. Governors of both of these states have talked about their Catholic faith and their strong relationships with their faith as they pledge their support for marriage equality. Something is happening, right now, that is calling them to support fairness and equality at this time.
The Episcopal bishop in Western Washington, in sharp disagreement with Catholic prelates, believes that same-sex marriage is "a conservative proposal" that should be adopted "not only in our society but in our church."
The importance of family is often central to the church’s advocacy for marriage for gay and lesbian couples. “Love, mutual respect and care are hallmarks of family,” adds Rev. Kenneth Samuel, pastor of Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. “So all that the church can do to support, bless and sanction family, we should.”
On Sunday, Paul Mowry was ordained as Sausalito Presbyterian Church's newest pastor, the first openly gay pastor in the congregation's history. For the ministers and parishioners of the hillside church, the arrival of Mowry was cause for celebration.