It’s Not a Mortal Sin to Work for Justice

Pioneer Press
January 30, 2008

My husband and I have been married 49 years. We are the parents of five grown daughters, one of whom is a lesbian. I speak with passion concerning our experience, which is marked by intense sadness because of the alienation my daughter and others like her continue to suffer, especially at the hands of the Catholic Church. [Link]

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Impatient witness: Reflections on the long struggle for gay rights

Providence Journal
January 21, 2008
M. Charles Bakst, a non-gay columnist, wrote with powerful support for marriage equality saying, “I identified with the gay rights movement because I am Jewish, and because, the way I was brought up, you treat people decently and if there’s something amiss in the world you try to fix it… I believe discrimination against gays is evil, and marriage equality is not rocket science. Society benefits from loving, stable relationships. A man and a woman should be able to wed; two men or two women, that’s fine too. And if it’s not for you, don’t do it. I don’t get hung up on ideological or theological details.” [link]

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Gays & the Church

Pittsburgh Tribune Review
January 16, 2008
As a gay man who has been partnered for 19 years, married in Canada in 2005 and parent of a 2-year-old, I can tell you that we are not attacking Catholics or marriage. We don't want anything more than what all other committed couples have: the tax, health, pension, visitation and death protections that are a part of marriage. These are not special rights. They are protections offered by the government, not the Catholic Church. [link]

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In Stand For Marriage Equality, Church Cuts All Unions

WCCO
December 14, 2007
It doesn't matter if you're gay or straight, you can't get legally married at Lyndale United Church of Christ. The small, liberal church in south Minneapolis was the first of several Twin Cities congregations last year to stop performing civil marriage ceremonies as long as gay marriage is illegal. These churches, and a handful of others around the country that took the same step, will still hold a religious ceremony to bless the unions of straight and gay couples -- but straight couples must go separately to a judge or justice of the peace for the marriage license. "If you feel that gay and lesbian people are loved and credited by God, then how can we continue to discriminate against our brothers and sisters?" asked Rev. Don Portwood, the reserved Nebraska native who's been lead pastor at the 120-member Lyndale United Church of Christ for 27 years. [link]

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Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

USA Today
October 10, 2007
Survey research of people ages 16-29 show a majority view Christianity as hypocritical and anti-gay; attitudes about gay people are driving a negative image of the faith. "The anti-homosexual perception has now become sort of the Geiger counter of Christians' ability to love and work with people," said said David Kinnaman, Barna Group president and author of the book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity. [Link]

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BLOG: NC pastor asks why religion is being used to deny marriage to gays and lesbians

Pam's House Blend
July 17, 2007
Rev. Reggie Longcrier, pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, NC, submitted a question on marriage equality for the CNN's YouTube Presidential debate. It's a powerful, short and simple video. [link]

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OPINION: Religion and the law

New York Times
June 28, 2007
Andrew Weiss concisely illustrates a NY legislator's mistake of relying solely on his 'religious beliefs,' rather than his understanding of the Constitution, to vote against ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [Link]

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Remembering Who We Will Be: The United Church of Christ and LGBT People in 2057

Harry Knox, United Church of Christ's 50th Anniversary General Synod,Hartford, Conn.
June 23, 2007
Read Harry Knox's powerful speech, which describes the historic transformation the UCC church has brought to LGBT people and their families and offers a vision for the future built on their powerful witness for LGBT equality. [Link]

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COLUMN: Do Southern Baptists really support ‘Biblical’ marriage?

Ethics Daily
June 19, 2007
Before marriage was elevated to a sacrament during the Council of Trent (1563), it was not regarded as sacred. The ideas that marriage must be licensed by the state or sanctioned by the church are modern innovations that go beyond the biblical tradition. Our modern definition of the traditional marriage based on love, trust, vulnerability and commitment is neither traditional nor biblical. In fact, what we call the traditional marriage is quite a modern invention (since about the 17th century). [Link]

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Straight Rabbi at gay shul set to be not-quite-married

New York Magazine
June 15, 2007
"This is one of the major social injustices of our time," Rabbi Ayelet Cohen said. "I cannot, in good conscience, participate in a system that actively excludes and discriminates against same-sex couples" — including her 4,000 congregants. [Link]

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