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Chicago Minister Preaches Marriage Equality to Congregation

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Last Sunday Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, the Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, shared a letter he wrote to a fellow clergyman who had recently condemned President Obama’s announcement he supports marriage equality. 

In the letter that ultimately became his sermon that day, Rev. Moss explains to the congregation his view that marriage is about love and commitment, and that gay and lesbian couples should have the right to go down to City Hall and get married if they want to.  He also believes it is wrong for people to try and use the Bible to discriminate:

“For the clergy to hide from true dialogue with quick dismissive claims devised from poor biblical scholarship is as sinful as unthoughtful acceptance of a theological position. When we make biblical claims without sound interpretation we run the risk of adopting a doctrinal position of deep conviction but devoid of love. Deep faith may resonate in our position, but it is the ethic of love that forces us to prayerfully reexamine our position.”

Watch Rev. Moss’ full sermon below.

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