Maryland Espicopal opposition to outlawing Gay Marriage

Opposing an amendment banning marriage equality

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Shelby, North Carolina recently hosted a forum for opponents of a ballot initiative that would make same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

The Rev. Dr. Valori Mulvey Sherer, rector at the Episcopal church, contested from a religious perspective.“This amendment violates Christian ethics. Our call is to take care of those, not to oppress them and take rights away,” she said.

Bishop Donagrant McCluney, who calls himself a “same-gender loving Pentecostal,” said the proposal’s hidden harms motivated him to educate people about the amendment.

“It does more harm to innocent people we haven’t considered in the proposal,” he said. “Legally, they (lawmakers) don’t need that extra layer because same-sex marriage is already illegal.”

Meanwhile, in Maryland, the Rev. Angela Shepherd, canon for mission and outreach in the Diocese of Maryland, spoke out in favor of the marriage equality legislation making its way through the legislature in that state.

Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington, whose diocese includes four Maryland counties has spoken out in favor of marriage equality. Bishops Michael Curry, Clifton Daniel and Porter Taylor, of the three Episcopal Dioceses in North Carolina have come out against the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Does anyone know whether Bishops Eugene Sutton or James Shand in Maryland have make public statements about the legislation. If not, does anybody know why not?

Posted by Jim Naughton on February 12, 2012 3:30 PM   (‘EPISCOPAL CAFE’)

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The Revd. Angela Shepherd made this most impressive speech at a forum in Maryland which discussed the possibility of outlawing Gay Marriage in that State.  This Episcopal clergywoman  made the case for LGBT community couples who want to legalise their partnership situation by committing to a form of monogamous, fathful marriage.

Quoting the Apostle Paul’s famous speech on the qualities of Christian Love, Angela was supported by other Episcopalians and the Roman Catholic Woman Governor of the State of Maryland in her opposition to the overturning of legislation allowing Gay Marriage.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand 

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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