Voice for Equality: Penny Brown Reynolds

Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, television judge and ordained Baptist minister, has been nominated to be a Voice for Equality.

Judge Penny hosts the nationally syndicated television program "Family Court." Before leaving for television, Judge Penny served as a Georgia state court judge, a Georgia Assistant Attorney General, and prosecutor. Judge Penny is also an ordained Baptist Minister.

In an interview with BlackVoices.com on January 2, 2009, Judge Penny explained that marriage equality is "not an issue of being right or wrong or whether or not you believe the Bible or if God sanctioned unions between same sex; it's an issue of oppression as I see it, both legally and morally. Whenever you take a right away from someone, you are oppressing them."

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Voice for Equality: Reverend Cecil Williams

On November 1, 2008, Rev. Cecil Williams led a service at Glide Memorial Church entitled, "People of Faith Say No to Proposition 8." It was an invitation to faith leaders and political supporters to come together to speak out against Proposition 8.

This wasn't anything new for Rev. Williams. Earlier that year, Williams and his wife of 26 years Janice Miritikani, were featured in a public education campaign called Let California Ring where he said, "We celebrate the love and commitment of all the newly married gay and lesbian couples and their families in our congregation."

He led Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco until 2000. As a leader of the church, he increased its membership to 10,000 and inspired church members to fight for equality while opening the church doors to people of all races, genders, and sexual orientations.

Jonathan Herczeg nominated The Reverend Cecil Williams to be a Voice for Equality.

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Voice for Equality: Rev. Dr. J. Edwin Bacon, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. J. Edwin Bacon Jr. has been the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California since 1995.
In 2008, he decided to officiate at same-sex weddings in California, saying, "Of course we're not going to be bigoted. Of course we're not going to be discriminatory. Let's move forward now."

During an appearance on Oprah in January 2009, he surprised Oprah and the audience when he responded to a question from a gay viewer by saying, "Being gay is a gift from God."

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Voice for Equality: Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Menachem Rosensaft is the founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and was recently appointed as general counsel to the World Jewish Congress. He is an internationally recognized advocate promoting a tolerant State of Israel and racial/ethnic peace worldwide. He works against racism, bigotry, and religious intolerance in every form. "The critical lesson we have learned from our parents’ and grandparents’ tragic experiences is that indifference to the suffering of others is in itself a crime. Our place must be at the forefront of the struggle against every form of racial, religious or ethnic hatred.” (Speech, JTA News Bulletin, April 17, 2005)

On January 14, 2009, he wrote an op-ed in Jewish Week supporting marriage rights and criticizing religious leaders for attempting to impose their moral views on secular law.


"But aren’t gays and lesbians among those whom such judges and, for that matter, our legislators, serve? ...Republicans who tolerate their party’s platform calling for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages should be reminded of a similar constitutional amendment to prohibit interracial marriages proposed by Rep. Seaborn Roddenberry, Democrat of Georgia, in 1912 on the ground that 'intermarriage between whites and blacks is repulsive and averse to every sentiment of pure American spirit. It is abhorrent and repugnant.' We must also bear in mind that the invidious 1935 Nuremberg Laws criminalized both marriages and extramarital intercourse 'between Jews and subjects of the state of German or related blood'..."
Thanks to Michelle Marzullo for the nomination!

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Voice For Equality: Edwin Bacon

The Rev. Dr. J. Edwin Bacon Jr. has been the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California since 1995. In 2008, he decided to officiate at same-sex weddings in California, saying, "Of course we're not going to be bigoted. Of course we're not going to be discriminatory. Let's move forward now." During an appearance on Oprah in January 2009, he surprised Oprah and the audience when he responded to a question from a gay viewer by saying, "Being gay is a gift from God."

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