Why Marriage Matters to Religious People and Communities

Millions hold their faith to be paramount to an understanding of the world. Inspired by faith, gay and non-gay people alike make sacrifices daily, putting others before themselves in the name of their beliefs. We have seen a consistent increase in support among people of faith for the freedom tomarry. Many people of faith refer to the Golden Rule in their understanding and movement toward ending the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage. A recent poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 58% of Californians agreed that "we should apply the Golden Rule to gay and lesbian couples who are in long‐term committed relationships and allow them the same opportunity to get married as everyone else." Many religious communities, including the United Church of Christ, Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalist Association and Metropolitan Community Churches already recognize the loving commitment of same-sex couples, while many religious leaders continue to play a crucial role in advancing the freedom to marry. Conversations from the pews to the pulpit within religious communities are essential for moving marriage forward nationwide.

"America needs to know that many faith leaders and theologians from diverse religious traditions strongly believe that all people have a God-given right to lead lives which fully express love, mutuality and commitment—including the right to marry,"

    — Reverend Debra W. Haffner, director of the Religious Institute, promoting the Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality


Blog Posts Related to Religion and Faith

Not All Like That Christians Project amplifies Christian support for equality

This week, a new project, The Not All Like That Christians Project launched to amplify the voices of Christians who support the LGBT community. It's designed as a direct counterpoint to some high-profile Christians who speak out in favor of discrimination and claim to speak for all people of faith

As Catholic support for marriage grows, Pope Francis makes inclusive statement on clergy

Today, Pope Francis made an inclusive statement about gay members of the Catholic clergy, commenting that it is not up to him to judge Catholic priests based on who they love.

Poll: 54% of American Catholics support the freedom to marry

Quinnipiac University released the results of a new survey today that demonstrate increased support for the freedom to marry among a number of key demographics. Most notably, 54 percent of American Catholic voters surveyed said that they support marriage for same-sex couples.

See All »

Resources Related to Religion and Faith

Latino Support for the Freedom to Marry

Recent public opinion data show that Latinos – especially Latino Catholics – widely favor the freedom to marry, both nationwide and in key states.

Media Primer: 2011 Flashpoints for LGBT Equality

A media primer on the LGBT issues landscape for the coming year released by the Human Rights Campaign.

Polling Tracks Growing and Increasingly Diverse Support for the Freedom to Marry

A listing of marriage polling at the federal, national, and state level.

See All »