Faith Positions on Marriage Equality

Filed under: Religion & Faith

A growing number of organized religious groups in the United States have issued statements officially welcoming LGBTQ people as members and extending marriage rites to them. If you are looking to have a religious wedding ceremony, below are denominations that have embraced marriage for loving same-sex couples.

 

Religious Denomination

Restriction

African Methodist Episcopal Church

 

Alliance of Baptists

 

American Baptist Church USA

 

Assemblies of God

 

Bahá'í

 

Buddhism

 

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    [CL]

Church of God in Christ

 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

Church of the Nazarene 

 

Eastern Orthodox Church

 

Episcopal Church  

   [CL] [R]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

    [CL]

Hinduism

 

Humanism

 

Islam: Sunni

 

Islam: Shi'a

 

Jehovah's Witness

 

Judaism: Conservative

 

Judaism: Orthodox

 

Judaism: Reconstructionist

    [CL]

Judaism: Reform

 

Mennonite Church USA

 

Metropolitan Community Churches

 

National Baptist Convention USA Inc.

 

Old Catholics/Independent Catholics

 

Oriental Orthodox Churches

 

Pentecostals

 

Presbyterian Church (USA)

    [CL]

Presbyterian Church in America

 

Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)

 

Roman Catholic Church

 

Sikhism

 

Seventh-day Adventist Church

 

Southern Baptist Convention

 

Unitarian Universalist Association

 

United Church of Christ

 

United Methodist Church

 

Unity

 

 

Legend

Endorses marriage for same-sex couples

Does not endorse marriage for same-sex couples

Unclear position on marriage for same-sex couples

 

 

[CL]

Clergy retain the right to refuse to officiate at any wedding.

[R]

Clergy who refuse to officiate marriages of same-sex couples have to pass on a couple seeking to be married to another church or clergy member to perform the ceremony.