Archive for the ‘Metropolitan Community Churches – MCC’ Category

Religious Voices Celebrate Prop 8 Ruling

August 5, 2010

Yesterday’s ruling that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage has left many religious conservatives shocked and angry. If you want to hear what they say, you won’t have to look far.

Meanwhile, gay-affirming religious leaders have been celebrating. Here are a few examples:

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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.

Illinois Couple Marches to Iowa to Marry

June 5, 2010

Lindsey O'Brien and Rachel Miller

An Illinois couple recently marched across the Iowa border together with a group of supporters after being denied a marriage license in their own state. Lindsey O’Brien, of Moline, and Rachel Miller, of Chicago, were then granted a marriage license in the Scott County Recorder’s office in Davenport, Iowa.

In addition to friends and family members, the couple was also joined by Rich Hendricks, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad-Cities in Davenport. The couple plan to marry on June 3, 2011, in Davenport.

The full story is in the Quad-City Times.