Monday, July 4, 2005
United Church of Christ embraces gay marriage
There is a huge difference between civil marriage (and the 1000+ federal rights that come with it) that gays and lesbians are fighting for since it is a basic human right that should be available to all US citizens and not just for the ones the majority wants to cherry pick -- separate versus equal didn't work for African-Americans and it won't work here.
Versus religious marriage which is the privilege of each religion to grant, or not grant, to gays and lesbians. According to this AP story in the San Jose Mercury News, the United Church of Christ, which came about thru the merger of two Protestant denominations in 1957, has embraced gay marriage at its biennial meeting in Atlanta:
Roughly 80 percent of the members of the church's General Synod voted to approve the resolution. They debated for about an hour before voting.
On Sunday, a committee of about 50 United Church of Christ representatives gave nearly unanimous approval to the resolution. It was supported by the UCC's president, John H. Thomas.