UMC Clergywoman: Gay and Lesbian Couples Deserve to Marry

UMC Clergywoman: Gay and Lesbian Couples Deserve to Marry

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Colo 6By Laura Rossbert

It was an honor and a privilege to be present for such a beautiful display of the diversity of support for the freedom to marry in Colorado and surrounding states. As a United Methodist clergywoman, it was beautiful to look out into the crowd of a few hundred people and see numerous clergy people in the UMC present to support the right of all loving couples to marry in the states that they call home. I saw clergy people and lay people from a variety of faith traditions and congregations there, to share that the God they worship is a God that wants all of us to be treated with love, compassion, and respect.

As a person of faith, I believe it is critically important that we practice the Golden Rule, treating others as we would want to be treated ourselves. As the parent of a toddler, I want my child to have the same opportunities as all Americans, and that is only possible if we secure the freedom to marry for everyone.

I loved seeing not only the support from people of faith for the freedom to marry, but also from more conservative leaders and business people. We want our state to be one that has an opportunity to recruit the smartest and most qualified workforce, and that is only possible if all families can be fully honored in the state that I call home.

It was a wonderful evening together, as we heard stories that represent the true diversity of our community – including couples who want to marry in the state they love, and people coming together to support one another as we walk towards justice. It was an honor to join my voice with so many others, sharing out of our own experiences and traditions a fundamental understanding that all gay and lesbian couples deserve the freedom to marry – so they can make a lifetime commitment to the one they love and protect their families, just as I am able to protect mine.

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