Hers is the ministry of ‘yes’

The Rev. Jane Adams Spahr (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) was found guilty of violating the Presbyterian constitution. Her offense? Officiating at same-sex weddings.

A lesbian herself, she says she won't quit the church she loves.

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Bishop Robinson: What Are Religious Texts Really Saying About Gay and Transgender Rights?

Bishop Gene Robinson explains how religious texts can be taken out of context and their meaning twisted. He also notes what he sees as an exciting time for the LGBT community in moving toward equal rights.

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Freedom to Marry Voices for Equality figure prominently in 2010 election

Many of Freedom to Marry’s Voices for Equality figured prominently in the 2010 election cycle.

Have you checked out our over 1300 VFEs lately?

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Bishop Gene Robinson: It Gets Better

Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire (and a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) speaks from a religious perspective in this video which is part of the "It Gets Better" YouTube project started by Dan Savage.

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Add Values to Rights to Achieve Marriage Equality

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards: "Rev. Janie Spahr's trial gives us all the opportunity to see that two men or two women, in their profound love and commitment for one another, can exemplify all the qualities we cherish in marriage."

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Voice for Equality: Rabbi Peter Knobel

Rabbi Peter S. Knobel has been the spiritual leader at Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois since 1980, encouraging stimulating interaction between clergy and congregants with the goal of infusing deeper Jewish meaning into the lives of individual members and the community as a whole. In addition to his congregational responsibilities, Rabbi Knobel serves in leadership roles in the Reform movement on a national level as well as being actively involved in the Chicago-area community.

In July of 2010, Lisa Black profiled Rabbi Peter Knobel who described himself as a "former homophobe" who now works as an LGBT advocate and has officiated at two weddings for lesbian couples.

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A liberal religious renaissance?

The Rev. John A. Buehrens (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) serves as a guest blogger on Steven Levingston's "Political Bookworm".

He discusses the fact, both here and in his new book, “A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion in the 21st Century,” written with theology professor Rebecca Ann Parker, that while some observers see religion and conservatism as inextricably connected, religion in America actually has a progressive, liberal history.

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Mary Kay Totty

The Reverend Mary Kay Totty is the paster of Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. and is a longtime supporter of LGBT rights.

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Voice for Equality: Jane Spahr

The Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr, Janie, as she prefers to be called, describes herself as a lesbian, feminist and Presbyterian minister committed to justice issues for the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, pursuing connections for wholeness with other oppressed communities claiming their freedom.

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Voice for Equality: Rev. Albert Pennybacker

The Reverend Albert Pennybacker is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves as Religious Advisor to the Kentucky Fairness Alliance (kentuckyfairness.org). He served for over thirty-five years as a pastor in local congregations including Taftville Congregational Church in Norwich, Connecticut and Central Christian Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

On February 2, 2010, an Op-Ed piece by Rev. Pennybacker appeared in the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal challenging the positions held by the Catholic Archbishop of Louisville and other religious leaders that the freedom to marry is in opposition to "a received truth from God."

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