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Task Force hails United Church of Christ action endorsing same-sex marriage

Date: 
July 05, 2005

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails United Church of Christ action endorsing same-sex marriage

Church's action explodes myth that people of faith oppose lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality

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WASHINGTON, July 5 — On July 4, 2005, the United Church of Christ General Synod overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting full legal and religious marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

"While most of us were celebrating July 4 with parades, fireworks and picnics, the Synod of United Church of Christ was voting overwhelmingly in support of a resolution supporting full marriage rights for same-sex couples. For a church that traces its roots to some of the earliest immigrants and founders of this country, the denomination's bold support for 'equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender' and call 'for an end to rhetoric that fuels hostility, misunderstanding, fear and hatred expressed toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons,' was a fitting tribute to the values of liberty and equality that are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.

"The church's action also explodes the myth that there is a monolithic bloc of 'Christians' or 'people of faith' who oppose lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The UCC passed this measure based on the long-standing value that inclusion is an essential part of its Christian witness. In doing so, the denomination has spoken for millions of believers from across the spectrum of American faith that support the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

"At a time when President Bush and so-called faith leaders are working to enshrine discrimination in our state and federal constitutions, the UCC has issued a prophetic call challenging Americans to live up to the truth that the signers of the Declaration of Independence found to be self-evident, namely, that all 'are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'"

Read the statement from the National Religious Leadership Roundtable

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.