Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Divide on Gay Marriage Growing Wider Among Christian Clergy in the United States

by Lillian Kwon

Less than a week after a group of clergy and Christians asked for a referendum to keep same-sex marriages from being recognized in the nation's capital, another coalition of clergy has declared support for "marriage equality."

"We declare that our faith calls us to affirm marriage equality for loving, same-sex couples," said the Rev. Dennis Wiley, pastor of Covenant Baptist Church, at a gathering on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.

Wiley is among more than 100 clergy from various faiths who launched a declaration, affirming same-sex marriage as "holy and good."

"Our religious traditions and scriptures teach us that wherever love is present, God is also present," the coalition, called D.C. Clergy United for Marriage and Equality, states. "We therefore affirm the right of loving same-gender couples to enter into such relationships on an equal basis with loving heterosexual couples."... [Story continued here]

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