Friday, May 18, 2007

Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris becomes 1000th clergy to sign Religious Declaration for the Freedom to Marry

Laura Kiritsy
Bay Windows

The Right Rev. Gayle Harris, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of the Massachusetts, on May 17 became the 1000th signer of the Religious Declaration for the Freedom to Marry at a signing ceremony at the State House.

The 10-year old declaration, authored by Rabbi Howard Berman, a founding member of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry, states in part, "As religious people, clergy, and leaders, we are mandated to stand for justice in our common civic life. We oppose appeals to sacred texts and religious traditions for the purpose of denying legal equity to same-gender couples. As concerned citizens, we affirm the liberty of adults of the same gender to love and marry."

Click here to read the rest, including Bishop Harris' remarks at the event.

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