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Friday, May 16, 2008

The Church and Gay Marriage

The CA supreme court decision opening up gay marriage in the state has received a bit of press. I'm curious if such press coverage will note the support for gay marriage that a number of religious communities have expressed.

Or will the press coverage pit gay folks against religious groups in the way that it's been done in the past? I did find one piece noting how several United Church of Christ congregations and a UCC seminary in CA filed a brief in support of equality to the CA supreme court.

I suspect Obama's membership in the UCC helps that denomination's news coverage. It's a bit of a boon for the UCC, at least that was our experience working for a UCC supported campus ministry in Illinois where linking Obama to the denomination gave us positive attention.

Also the Episcopal Church's Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of the diocese of California had this to say: "I welcome the ruling of the California Supreme Court affirming the fundamental right of all people to marry and establish a family.

All children of God should be afforded the same rights under the law, and this decision recognizes that all Californians, regardless of sexual orientation, have equal access to one of our fundamental institutions.

This decision gives our church another opportunity to partner with our state to ensure that all families have the support they need to build relationships that strengthen our communities, state and country."

TEC has put a lot on the line for inclusion as the last number of years have indicated. I hope that side of the story is included where religion actually welcomes equality. I apologize for my absence: finals and trying to move at the same time makes blogging tricky.

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