Metropolitan Community Churches Decries “Solution to Gay Marriage”

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Metropolitan Community Churches Decries “Solution to Gay Marriage”

Calls on National Organization for Marriage
to Immediately Issue an Apology
Office of the Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2010

The solution to same-sex marriage, according to a supporter of the National Organization for Marriage, is to bring back lynching.

The National Organization for Marriage is currently on a nationwide tour to promote “traditional” marriage and in an anti-gay rally in Indianapolis, this week, a supporter held a sign with a couple of nooses on it and the words, “The Solution to Gay Marriage”, and quoting Leviticus 20:13.

Speaking on behalf of Metropolitan Community Churches, The Reverend Dr. Neil Thomas, Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles and President of California Faith for Equality, said, “This is a dreadful misuse of the sacred text quoted. It is hate speak and gives permission to religious extremists and right wing fundamentalists to incite violence against God’s gay and lesbian children. This is nothing less than a hate crime.”

According to NOM, marriage should only be between a man and a women. “Ciiting religious views to deny marriage to same-sex couples is a violation of the founding principles of our great country,” added The Rev. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “We believe in justice, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all, and that the law should protect all of its citizens. Religious arguments have been used to deny inter-racial couples a marriage in the past and to support acts of violence, such as slavery. It was wrong then and it is wrong now,” she continued.

Religious organizations have always had the freedom to grant a religious ceremony to whomever they chose. Metropolitan Community Churches was the first denomination in the United States to offer the sacrament of marriage to lesbian and gay couples.

“I choose to afford religious marriage to same-sex couples believing that one day, in the not too distant future, the law will right itself and civil marriage, incluidng the full responsibilities and privileges that come with this human right, will be awarded to same gender loving couples throughout the United States of America,” The Rev. Thomas added.

“The Church is a prophetic voice in this battle for equality,” commented The Rev. Jim Merritt, Marriage Equality Liaison for the Global Justice Ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches. “As a person of faith, a Christian, this misuse of the Holy Scriptures by the National Organization for Marriage cannot go unchecked. As people of faith we cannot sit back and give silent permission to incite violence in the name of Jesus.”

“Today, in the name of all that is good, just and holy, I join my voice, on behalf of Metropolitan Community Churches, to all those calling the National Organization for Marriage to immediately and unconditionally condemn this action on the part of its supporters and issue an unqualified apology to LGBT peoples throughout the world,” concluded The Rev. Nancy Wilson. “Anything less,” added Rev. Thomas, “is complicity with violence and that simply is unacceptable for anyone of us who professes the Christian faith.”

This statement prepared in conjunction with The Moderator’s Global Justice Team,

Metropolitan Community Churches, The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.

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For more information on Marriage Equality and MCC’s Global Justice Team, contact The Rev. Jim Merritt at [email protected]

For more information on California Faith for Equality, contact The Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas at [email protected] {skype: revdrneil}.