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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Marriage Equality in Washington D.C.

Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 9:41 AM

The District of Columbia is debating the legalization of same-sex marriage. The loudest voices being raised in opposition belong to African American religious leaders and it makes for pretty depressing YouTube viewing. But Lurleen at Pam's House Blend points out that more black clergy in D.C. support marriage equality than oppose it. And they're making their voices heard:

[When I saw a] delicious article by Tim Craig in today's Washington Post, called "Pastors unite to support same-sex marriage in D.C.", I just had to stop and take a look. A quote from the article encapsulates what we here at The Blend have known but some in the general public may just be catching on to: 'There is this myth out there that you can't be pro-God and pro-gay.' Move over Harry Jackson, because here's the real face of D.C. clergy. Meet The Reverends Christine Y. Wiley & Dennis W. Wiley of Covenant Baptist Church, and co-founders of Clergy United for Marriage Equality: "Rev. Christine Y. Wiley... noted that many District churches have a history of fighting for social and economic justice.... "It just really seemed like a natural thing that we would do," Wiley said. "We believe as African Americans who have been discriminated against [that] we don't have the right to discriminate against anyone else."

Here's hoping the Rev. Bernice King gets the message.


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