Magazine article The Christian Century

Marriage Amendment Not Right, Leaders Say

Magazine article The Christian Century

Marriage Amendment Not Right, Leaders Say

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Leaders from three mainline Protestant churches deeply divided over homosexuality have opposed a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, telling Congress hat it would force all churches to accept only one definition of marriage. The Washington offices of the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joined 23 other religious bodies in a letter to lawmakers that said an amendment would restrict a church's ability to bless gay unions if it chose to do so.

"It is not the task of our government and elected representatives to enshrine in our laws the religious point of view of any one faith," they said collectively in the June 3 letter. "Rather, our government should dedicate itself to protecting the rights of all citizens and all faiths." Other signators included Quakers, Sikhs, the Interfaith Alliance, the American Jewish Committee, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ's Justice and Witness Ministries. …

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