Stances of Faiths on LGBT Issues: Metropolitan Community Churches
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches is the largest Christian organization dedicated to outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people — although heterosexual members are also welcome. MCC has 23,000 members, according to the most recent count from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
The church, which was founded and continues to be led by the Rev. Troy Perry, teaches that the Bible itself does not condemn homosexuality but, rather, that it has been used to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of interpretations that fail to account for changing historical conditions.
MCC has called for federal hate crimes and anti-discrimination laws that would protect LGBT people, and urged greater HIV/AIDS research and funding. According to MCC, 6,000 members have died of HIV/AIDS and related diseases since 1982. It also is a longtime supporter of marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Support for Marriage Equality
MCC ministers have blessed weddings for same-sex couples since 1969. Today, approximately 6,000 same-sex weddings are conducted in MCC churches annually, according to the church. In Massachusetts, the only state where marriages rights are granted to same-sex couples, MCC ministers perform state-sanctioned weddings for members and non-members alike.
MCC has also been active in state and local battles for marriage equality. On Feb. 12, 2004, Rev. Perry and his partner, Phillip Ray DeBlieck, applied for a marriage license at the Office of the County Clerk in Beverly Hills, Calif. After the couple was denied a license, their attorneys filed a lawsuit against the county of Los Angeles alleging that this action violated the state constitution. The suit was filed in the state Superior Court on Feb. 22, 2004.
Perry has also encouraged other clergy members to “challenge laws that restrict freedom of religion and the right to perform same-sex marriages.”
If you would like to communicate with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, here is their mailing address:
Metropolitan Community Churches / UFMCC
P.O. Box 1374
Abilene, TX 79604