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    Entries in Same-Sex Marriage (14)


    Some Maine Ministers, Rabbis Eager to Marry Gay Couples

    By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News - November 25, 2012

    Municipal clerks around the state are scheduled to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next month. Those who prefer to have a religious rather than civil ceremony will find a welcome mat outside many, but not all, churches in Maine.

    The referendum, which passed Nov. 6 with the support of 53 percent of Maine voters, exempts clergy from having to perform ceremonies if gay marriage is against their religious beliefs. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Joel Page, Associated Press


    Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt Compares Supporting Gay Marriage to Crucifying Jesus Christ

    By Michael Allen, Opposing Views - November 14, 2012

    Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt recently claimed on 'The David Pakman Show' that people who vote to support same sex marriage are the same as those who wanted to crucify Jesus Christ [Read Full Story]


    Same-Sex Marriage Wins on the Ballot for the First Time in American History

    By Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic - November 7, 2012

    It was a pretty good night for marriage equality.

    In this year's general election, four states' ballots offered voters an opportunity to weigh in on marriage rights for same-sex couples. In three states, voters held the power to legalize same-sex marriage: Maryland voters chose between adopting or rejecting a new law permitting same-sex marriage, Maine voted on whether to overturn or ratify a 2009 measure that prohibited same-sex marriages, and Washington's vote was between endorsing or precluding a law similar to Maryland's that would make same-sex marriage legal and available. Minnesota, meanwhile, voted on whether to adopt a constitutional definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. [Read Full Story]


    Various Christian Leaders Unite to Defeat Marriage Amendment

    By - October 11, 2012

    It's a political issue that has galvanized Minnesota's religious communities like no other.

    On Thursday, dozens of clergy members who oppose the state constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to a man and a woman spent the day making phone calls. They're seeking support from other Christian leaders across the state.

    They gathered early, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and started dialing. By early afternoon, they say they'd made more than 600 calls. According to Rev. Robyn Provis of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, "This is about being willing to publicly witness against the marriage amendment." [Read Full Story]


    Faith plays big role in gay marriage debate

    By Karla Hult, - October 11, 2012

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - For months, clergy members on both sides of the gay marriage amendment debate have weighed in across Minnesota.

    It's not a coincidence, since recent surveys showing 85 percent of Minnesotans consider themselves part of some kind of organized religion.

    But the challenge remains how do Minnesotans make a decision on a difficult ballot issue, while remaining true to their faith? [Read Full Story]