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"It would be a blessing if New York were to allow loving, committed gay and lesbian couples to be married. We call on the Legislature to pass this legislation for the good of these couples and for the good of our great State."
New Yorkers United for Marriage June 14, 2011 Contact: Stefan Friedman, 646-241-7786, email@example.com FAITH LEADERS FROM ACROSS NEW YORK ISSUE STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY Signatories Join 734 Additional New York State Clergy and Lay Leaders in Urging Lawmakers to Pass Marriage Legislation Our faith traditions teach us that all people are children of God, deserving of love, dignity and equal treatment, and we, the undersigned therefore believe that gay and lesbian New Yorkers in committed, loving relationships should be able to protect each other with the critical safety-net provided by civil marriage. The performing of marriage ceremonies is one of the most important facets of our work as ministers and rabbis. We take this work extremely seriously and are grateful to have “the power vested in us” by the State of New York as we bring couples together in marriage through our civil and religious laws. While we recognize and respect that not all faiths support marriage equality, it is important to note that the legislation in its current form states that no clergy, house of worship or denomination would be forced to perform same-sex marriages. Moreover, current New York State law already provides extremely broad protections for religious organizations that do not wish to make their facilities available to same-sex couples for marriage ceremonies, receptions or other functions. Those protections would be unchanged under the proposed legislation. It would be a blessing if New York were to allow loving, committed gay and lesbian couples to be married. We call on the Legislature to pass this legislation for the good of these couples and for the good of our great State. New Yorkers United for Marriage Rev. Tom Goodhue Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin Richard Goodman Executive Director, Long Island President, New York The Religious Society of Council of Churches Theological Seminary * Friends, Manhasset, New York Rev. Freeman Palmer Bishop Alfred Johnson Rev. James W. Adelmann Interim Regional Conference Church of the Village Pastor of the Garden City Minister, Southeast Region, Community Church, United New York Conference, United The Venerable William C. Church of Christ Church of Christ Parnell Archdeacon for Mission, The Rev Dr. Diane Samuels Rev. Dr. Serene Jones Episcopal Diocese of New York Mt Sinai United Church of President, Union Theological Christ Seminary Honey Heller and Donald C. Cutler Rev. Dr. Robert W. Gunn Rabbi David Ellenson Co-Chairs, Reform Jewish United Church of Rockville President, Hebrew Union Voice of New York State Centre College Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley Rev. Elizabeth A. Braddon Rev. Mieke Vandersall President & CEO, Blanton-Peale Stony Brook Community Minister Director, Presbyterian Institute & Counseling Center * Church, United Methodist Welcome Rev. Stephen H. Phelps Senior Minister, Riverside Church * Affiliation for Identification Purposes Only
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