Post submitted by Sharon Groves, HRC Director, Religion and Faith Program

Recently I have been reflecting on the difference faith communities have made in the momentous movement for marriage equality.  Long before marriage equality became legal in Massachusetts, clergy have been officiating weddings and same-sex couples have been joyously embraced in faith communities. See Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson’s piece on this history.

As I’ve written about previously, the 2012 work on the ballot measures changed the strategies of engagement once and for all. Building on that success, the United for Marriage gathering outside the Supreme Court of the United States took faith mobilizing to another level.

Here are some highlights from those two days that I wanted to share:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

6 speeches were given by faith leaders

Interfaith service at Lutheran Church ofthe Reformation

  • To receive a copy of an archival “rough” video of the service, please email your mailing/shipping information to Helga Mingion at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include your: Name, Street Address and City, State Zip

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

6 speeches were given by faith leaders

  • Rev. Barry Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Minister Leslie Malachi, African American Religious Affairs
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

Ended with a faith benediction

  • Rev. Harry Knox, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights
  • Rev. Cindi Love, Soulfource
  • Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Muslims for Progressive Values

Around the country over hundreds of events occurred on those two days. Of those 169 were organized by faith groups.

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