Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Thank You, John Thomas


With a possible historic vote looming on a measure supporting same-sex marriage, the head of the United Church of Christ on Tuesday publicly endorsed the resolution for the first time.

The Rev. John H. Thomas said Tuesday that the church's General Synod "should affirm the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender persons" to have marriages "equal in name, privileges and responsibilities to married heterosexual couples."

"I believe our local churches, as they are able, should move toward the development of marriage equality policies," Thomas added during a speech at Emory University.

I've mentioned before that if the UCC adopts this proposal, it will be history-making: we will be the first mainline denomination to positively affirm same-sex marriage.

It's by no means a done deal; there are two competing resolutions, one against SSM, one asking for more time for prayer, reflection, and conversation. And Thomas' opinion, while influential, is just that: opinion. His vote counts only as much as any other delegate's.

Still, it's a step in the right direction, and worth some thanks, don't you think?

Light them up. Let 'em know you support them.

Chuck Currie has more on General Synod.


Blogger Bruce Wilson said...

This is very good news.

Especially after spending the morning on a close reading of the 2005 Oklahoma state GOP Party platform:

Among other things, it calls for the expulsion of gays from teaching positions and probably most public office, opposes even domestic partnership rights, and demands that schools teach that homosexuality is an "aberrant lifestyle".

It also calls for the elimination of federal hate crime statutes.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Sunfell said...

Got a link to that? I'd like to see it.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Bruce Wilson said...

sunfell - Sure.

You can download the platform from that page. It's a lengthy document - about 20 pages - but worth a very close reading.

10:21 AM  

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