Sunday, June 30, 2013

Marriage equality no longer a "Christian" issue

From the WaPo:
But the debate can no longer be described as one between nonreligious and religious Americans. Support for same-sex marriage has risen by double digits in every major religious group since 2006. Today, solid majorities of Catholics (57 percent)—including equal proportions of white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (59 percent)—and white mainline Protestants (55 percent) have joined the religiously unaffiliated (76 percent) in supporting same-sex marriage (PRRI, March 2013). The National Cathedral, which is affiliated with the mainline Episcopal Church, rang its bells at noon on Wednesday in support of the DOMA ruling and opened its doors for a special service for LGBT families and their allies “to celebrate the extension of federal marriage equality to all the same-sex couples modeling God’s love in lifelong covenants.”
....If there are literal bells ringing in support of same-sex marriage among mainline Protestants, these unheralded but significant numbers toll the fading future of religious opposition to same-sex marriage.


JCF said...

This will be news to

1) the Christianists who condemn me (e.g., the WashingtonDC story on the Nat'l Cathedral's bell-ringing)

2) the anti-theists who trash me (e.g., JoeMyGod)

I'd like to send a memo to EVERY American:

a. Christian =/= homophobe,

b. LGBT =/= anti-religious


dr.primrose said...

Justice Kennedy today (Sunday) denied the Prop. 8 proponents' request to stop same-sex marriages in California -- see here.

Another hurdle overcome. They've threatened more litigation to try to limit the Supreme Court ruling to the named plaintiffs. That's not going to happen. The train has left the station. They need to pick up the jacks and just go home (to shamefully mix metaphors!)

JCF said...

"They need to pick up the jacks and just go home"

Appropriately, that's why, earlier today, I dedicated (to the H8ers) this Ray Charles' classic! ;-)

Mel said...

Thank you for this post. As a straight Christian who has believed in marriage equality for over 20 years, I am tired of being lumped with the fundamentalists.