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A lesbian minister in North Carolina has joined the ranks of those willing to officiate marriage ceremonies but not sign licenses until gay couples’ marriages have the same legal recognition as heterosexual ones.
Nancy Petty (pictured), pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, recently told her congregation she would prefer that straight couples have a magistrate at the local courthouse sign their license. She is waiting to hear if church deacons will endorse her position and if a vote of the congregation will be necessary, the Associated Press reports.
“I’m perpetuating what I believe is an unjust law,” Petty said. “I don’t sign birth certificates. I don’t sign death certificates. I do baptisms. I do funerals. There’s no other ritual of the state that I have to sign a document.”
Pullen Memorial has a history of progressive activism; its leaders opposed segregation and the Vietnam War. It has blessed same-sex unions since 1992 and was expelled from the Southern Baptist Convention for doing so.
Petty, the church’s first woman pastor, estimates that she has conducted about 75 marriages for straight couples and an equal number of holy unions for same-sex pairs since she began her tenure in 2002. It is one of the few churches in North Carolina that will perform same-sex unions. “I have people drive here from all over the state,” Petty said.
In April a Disciples of Christ congregation in Louisville, Ky., announced that its ministers would no longer sign marriage licenses, as a protest against marriage inequality.
I have been going to the NYC Pride Parade for close to 15 years and I have always loved seeing all the welcoming church, especial those groups that march in defiance of their leadership. Keep it up St. Francis Xavier!
Marchers from St. Francis Xavier, a gay-welcoming Catholic church which had been participating in New York City’s Gay Pride parade for several years, were forbidden by NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan from marching with a banner identifying their parish’s name in last weekends parade. Their response? They marched with a blank banner.
(story via Box Turtle Bulletin and photo of the group from my own Pride photos)
I would love to see this in NYC next week!
Reblog to win tickets to a special screening of 8: The Mormon Proposition
About the film
8: The Mormon Proposition exposes the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights. The film takes place in California and Utah as Mormons, following their prophet’s call to action, wage spiritual warfare with money and misinformation against gay citizens, doing everything they can to deny them of marriage and the rights that come with it. 8: The Mormon Proposition opens in theaters on June 18th, 2010, two years after the first gay marriages took place in California (June 17th, 2008). Read more at the official website.
Equalitopia is giving away tickets for you and a guest to special screenings of 8: The Mormon Proposition in select cities.
8: The Mormon Proposition is a film by Reed Cowan narrated by Dustin Lance Black about the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8.
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Los Angeles (Tuesday, June 8th, 7:30pm)
American Cinematheque at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
San Diego (Wednesday, June 9th, 7:30pm)
Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Chicago (Sunday, June 13th, 7:00pm)
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State Street, Chicago IL 60601
New York (Monday, June 14th, 7:30pm)
Chelsea 9 Cinemas, 260 W 23rd St., New York, NY 10011
Washington DC (Tuesday, June 15th, 7:30pm)
Landmark E-Street, 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
this story hits me personally that I want to shout as forcefully as I can to my conservative Christian friends: Enough!
Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists.
Enough with pretending that personal virtue is connected with political creeds. Enough with condemning your adversaries, sometimes viciously, and then insisting upon understanding after the failures of someone on your own side become known to the world. And enough with claiming that support for gay rights and gay marriage is synonymous with opposition to family values and sexual responsibility.
Enough already is right!
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