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					      New Yorkers United for Marriage
June 14, 2011

Contact: Stefan Friedman, 646-241-7786, friedman@skdknick.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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