Corey Dade. Fairly or not, African-Americans have become the public face of resistance to same-sex marriage, owing to their religious beliefs and the outspoken opposition of many black pastors. Yet the presence of gays and lesbians in black churches is common. And the fact that they often hold leadership positions in their congregations is the worst kept secret in black America.
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By Ed Stoddard. Members of the Cathedral of Hope, the largest gay church in the world, attend services in Dallas, Texas March 18, On a more serious note, she says the church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is a spiritual refuge for gay people of faith in a region associated with more conservative brands of Christianity. Gays and the church are no small matter in America. The Episcopalian church -- the American wing of the Anglican Communion -- is sharply split on the matter of gay clergy, while the Republican Party has used state ballot initiatives banning gay marriage to get its supporters out to the polls. Founded in by a dozen gays and lesbians who gathered in a home and decided they wanted a safe and tolerant place to worship, it has grown into a large and affluent institution centered on a cavernous church that can seat up to Last year it became part of the United Church of Christ, which claims 1.
Jump to navigation. The newly appointed pastor of San Francisco's largest gay parish, Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in The Castro District, says he has no marching orders and comes only to "be present, to be pleasant, and to love of the people of God. Jack McClure, 69, who is currently retired and living in Liberty, Mo.
The Presbyterian Church USA have voted to change the definition of marriage from "one man and one woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman," thus clearing the way for clergy to perform same-sex marriages. No member of the clergy will be forced to perform gay marriages if personally opposed. New York Times :.