Wednesday, June 3, 2009

130 CLERGY PUBLICLY SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE IN DC

This raises a point we have noted from time to time, namely that since almost all opposition to gay marriage is based on religious principles, any laws supporting that view are essentially engaged in the unconstitutional act of establishing religion - favoring one group over, say, the 130 clergy in this case

Washington Blade - More than 130 clergy representing dozens of churches and at least two synagogues in the District of Columbia released a joint statement expressing support for legalizing same-sex marriage in the city.

"We declare that our faith calls us to affirm marriage equality for loving same-sex couples," says the statement, which the signers call a "Declaration of Religious Support for Marriage Equality."

The declaration was released during a news conference at Covenant Baptist Church, a mostly black congregation in Ward 8, a section of the city that same-sex marriage opponents say would vote against a same-sex marriage law should it be placed on the ballot in a referendum.

Nearly 50 of the signatories to the declaration attended the news conference, standing at the pulpit behind the church's husband and wife pastors, Revs. Dennis and Christine Wiley.

"The black church and the black community have been characterized by some as being united in opposition to same-sex marriage," Christine Wiley said in reading a joint statement with her husband.

"This could not be further from the truth," she said. "Black people are not monolithic. We are diverse just like all other human beings."

Dennis Wiley added, "And because Covenant Baptist Church is a beloved community with a long history of celebrating the richness of our diversity, we have gathered here today to reaffirm, in the immortal words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., that 'injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'"

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