GLAAD Seeking & Promoting Faith Communities for Marriage in New York

July 15, 2011
GLAAD wants to amplify the voices of LGBT affirming congregations, faith leaders, and people of faith. We have an opportunity to lift up your collective voices. GLAAD is creating a directory of places of worship that are willing and excited to participate in the marriages of all couples. If you belong to or know of a LGBT-affirming faith leader or congregation, please submit their information to the directory. Marriage equality is fast approaching! The New York Marriage Equality Act will take effect next Sunday, July 24, finally allowing ALL loving and committed couples to marry. First and foremost, this victory belongs to you. We are getting a lot of media requests to speak to couples who are planning to get married. Earlier this week, we asked those of you planning to marry in New York to share your stories. Now we are trying to lift up the faith communities who are supporting gay and lesbian couples as they plan to get married. Many of the legislators (particularly those who changed their vote from last time) talked about their relationship with their church or synagogue as a part of their decision to vote YES on June 24. It is disappointing that media coverage has been so focused on only the religious voices speaking out against marriage equality. The discussion of religious exemptions gives the implicit message that no religious institution supports marriage equality. We know that this is not true. Numerous LGBT affirming congregations and traditions have spoken out in favor of marriage equality. Rabbi Steven Greenberg, a gay Orthodox Rabbi, published an open letter to Senator Steve Saland, who later became the critical 32nd vote. American Catholics overwhelmingly support marriage equality, as does the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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The more extensive the list of congregations, the more we can demonstrate how many LGBT affirming traditions, congregations, and people of faith there really are in the state of New York.