OREGON UNITED FOR MARRIAGE IS LAUNCHED!

Oregon United for Marriage is building a broad coalition of individuals and organizations to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. Business, labor, progressive, and nonpartisan organizations, communities of color, people of faith, current and former elected officials, students, business and community leaders, Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Independents, and Libertarians are invited to join the coalition.

“Marriage matters because it’s how we define family,” says Rev. Tara Wilkins, executive director of Community of Welcoming Congregations and pastor of Bridgeport United Church of Christ. “Many clergy and religious traditions affirm the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. It’s as basic as the Golden Rule: Treating others as one would want to be treated includes allowing civil marriage for gay couples who are truly committed to each other.”

To kick-off the campaign, there are fourteen community events statewide, in churches, community spaces, cafes, and student centers. You  can RSVP to attend one of these events.  

Central Pacific Conference United Church of Christ Affirms The Freedom To Marry For All

(Press Release) At the Annual Meeting of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ, clergy and lay leaders voted unanimously to support Washington State Ballot Referendum 74. The resolution in part states, ” Therefore let it be resolved, that the 2012 Annual Assembly of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ affirms marriage equality for all and supports the approval of Washington State Referendum 74; and that the CPCUCC urges congregations and individuals of the CPCUCC to work against legislation that denies civil marriage rights to couples based on gender; and that the CPCUCC encourages member congregations to continue to engage in respectful, prayerful discussion and study of the covenantal relationship of marriage and equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender, and ways they can widen their welcome to diverse families.”

Over 300 clergy and faith leaders have signed on in support of Referendum 74 to protect the freedom to marry for lesbian and gay couples. The Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris, Conference Minister of the Central Pacific Conference states that the time is now. He said, “I have walked for years, with sisters and brothers in many faith traditions, working for this day when all God’s children can marry the person they love. I was delighted when the Washington State Legislature passed a law in February 2012 affirming the right of same-gender couples to marry. I felt the same sense of celebration when delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Central Pacific Conference added their “Amen!” to the legislature’s decision. Now it’s up to the citizens of Washington State to voice their approval.