by Karen Kulm, Vancouver First Congregational UCC
On Wednesday, January 4, Washington Sate Governor Christine Gregoire announced she will introduce legislation to make marriage equality a reality for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples. The bill will have multiple cosponsors in the Washington House and Senate. If the bill passes and the Governor signs it, the opposition is expected to launch a drive for signatures to delay the law until it is put to vote in November.
You can watch Governor Gregoire’s announcement here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJu6MA_wF7o She indicates the flawed logic in the usual talking points against marriage equality. The Governor movingly speaks about her own religious convictions and her struggle to come to terms with doing the right thing–stand up for equality for all persons.
The United Church of Christ General Synod passed a resolution in 2005 in support of equal marriage rights for all and encouraged members to actively work for legislative changes. Now is the time for the Central Pacific Conference churches to get on the road, literally, of this historic journey.
From February 9-15, the Love For All March For Marriage Equality will see marchers and supporters traveling from Vancouver, Washington to the Capitol steps in Olympia. The march was envisioned by Pastor Brooks Berndt, First Congregational UCC, Vancouver, and is cosponsored by Equal Rights Washington, The Religious Coalition for Equality, The Community of Welcoming Congregations, and the Faith Action Network of Washington.
The Central Pacific Conference is sponsoring a team. You can participate in the following ways: