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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


African Methodist Episcopal Church


Alliance of Baptists


American Baptist Church USA


Assemblies of God






Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Church of God in Christ


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Church of the Nazarene 


Eastern Orthodox Church


Episcopal Church  

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 






Islam: Sunni


Islam: Shi'a


Jehovah's Witness


Judaism: Conservative


Judaism: Orthodox


Judaism: Reconstructionist


Judaism: Reform


Mennonite Church USA


Metropolitan Community Churches


National Baptist Convention USA Inc.


Old Catholics/Independent Catholics


Oriental Orthodox Churches




Presbyterian Church (USA)


Presbyterian Church in America


Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)


Roman Catholic Church




Seventh-day Adventist Church


Southern Baptist Convention


Unitarian Universalist Association


United Church of Christ


United Methodist Church






Endorses marriage for same-sex couples

Does not endorse marriage for same-sex couples

Unclear position on marriage for same-sex couples




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


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.