African American Clergy for Marriage Equality in Maryland
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Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 11:23:29 PM EST
Christian Right leaders are worried about Maryland and the three other states where there are marriage related initiatives on the ballot. And although African-American anti-marriage equality clergy seem to have been getting most of the attention, there are also plenty of African-American clergy who support marriage equality.  This is highlighted in a short You Tube video  by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, and featured by the United Church of Christ News.

Connie Larkman of the UCC News writes:  

Prominent African-American clergy from around the country are featured in a new video campaign for same-sex marriage in Maryland, delivering a powerful message in defense of equality for all people.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality released the video in a social media campaign to explain that religious liberty is not threatened by Question 6, a referendum that asks voters to vote for or against the law that would legalize same-sex marriage.... and...  that a for vote for Question 6 does not threaten the rights of those churches and clergy that do not recognize same-sex marriage.

Several United Church of Christ ministers are featured in the video which underscores a desire to protect the civil rights of all people. As religious leaders, they note "a civic and moral duty to stand with all Americans as they pursue equality."

The Rev. John Deckenback, the UCC's Central Atlantic Conference Minister, pointed out that "the UCC churches across the state have stepped up and have been very active participants in the campaign for Question 6.  I think the video is a great testimony by our church leaders.  Some have tried to characterize that the African-American community is opposed to marriage equality and the video demonstrates that is not the truth. We have strong support from our faith leaders."




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