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Where Does Your Denomination Stand?

June 9, 2010

Yesterday, I shared a link to Pride month resources from The Religious Institute. Today, I want to share another fantastic resource from the same organization.

The Religious Institute recently launched a searchable database of statements from many major denominations regarding issues related to sexuality, including marriage equality.

The database includes the statements from the following traditions that have expressed support for marriage equality:
Unitarian Universalist Association, 1996
Union for Reform Judaism, 1997
Society for Humanistic Judaism, 2004
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, 2004
United Church of Christ, 2005
Metropolitan Community Churches, undated

Other traditions have issued more nuanced statements that indicate steps toward recognizing same-sex couples, while stopping short of full equality:
United Methodist Church, 2004
Presbyterian Church (USA), 2004
Episcopal Church, 2006
Episcopal Church, 2009
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2009

Of course, official denominational statements offer only a partial picture. In every denomination that has embraced marriage equality, there are undoubtedly many clergy and lay members who still oppose it. And likewise, in even the most conversative traditions, there are those who support the equality for same-sex couples. Nonetheless, taken collectively, these official statements are important signs of movement toward greater openness and respect.

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Dean at Methodist Seminary Endorses Bill

May 18, 2010

Rev. Pamela Lightsey

Rev. Pamela Lightsey, Ph.D., the dean of students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a United Methodist school in Evanston, is supporting the civil unions bill that has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature. She writes the following:

As an African American religious scholar and higher education administrator, I believe in the sacred worth of all persons. Our current laws regarding marriage rights deny fair and just public policy standards for LGBTQ citizens while at the same time requiring their allegiance to the very same system that oppresses them. This must end.

If you share Dr. Lightsey’s support for the civil unions bill, please call or write your state legislators today to let them know. Just type in your 9-digit ZIP code at this link to find out the names and contact information of your state senator and representative.

DeKalb Minister Endorses Marriage Equality

May 5, 2010

Rev. Kelli Beard

Rev. Kelli Beard, a United Methodist campus minister for the Wesley Foundation of Northern Illinois University, endorses same-sex marriage in this guest post:

We worship a God who is infinitely loving and embodies perfect justice. As a pastor, I consider the issue of same-sex marriage as one more bold witness to the power of God’s radical, inclusive love. Our Christian Baptism calls us to resist evil and desire wholeness in human relationships. That is why we are working together to unbind injustice and publicly support efforts to recognize the holy union of two lives. May these effort across denominational lines be blessed and magnify God’s infinite love and justice for all of God’s people!

If you share Rev. Beard’s belief that same-sex couples should have the right to marry, please call or write your state legislators today to let them know. Just type in your 9-digit ZIP code at this link to find out the names and contact information of your state senator and representative.