Magazine article The Christian Century

Church Leaders Oppose `Limits on Marriage'

Magazine article The Christian Century

Church Leaders Oppose `Limits on Marriage'

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Mainline Protestant leaders in Southern California have called for the defeat of Proposition 22, the statewide "Limits on Marriage" ballot initiative that they said amounts to antigay legislation. In a six-paragraph statement, local leaders of the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ voiced their opposition to the proposal, which would define marriage as limited to the joining of a man and a woman.

The fiercely debated ballot initiative has been backed by Roman Catholics, Southern Baptists, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and some Muslim officials in California. Set for a March 7 vote, Proposition 22--also called the "Knight Initiative," after its author, Republican state Senator Pete Knight--is just 14 words long: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Supporters say the initiative upholding current law is necessary in the face of a recent Vermont Supreme Court decision paving the way for possible gay marriages in the state. …

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