Friday, September 19, 2008

Churches play key role in Prop 8 campaigns

The Bay Area Reporter
Published 09/18/2008
by Seth Hemmelgarn

Weeks before voters decide whether to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage, churches and other religious entities on both sides of Proposition 8 feel strongly that their beliefs are at stake, and they're playing a big role in trying to reach voters.


The Reverend Susan Russell, president of the LGBT Episcopalian group Integrity, said the organization is also encouraging opposition to the measure. 'I'm convinced the majority of Episcopalians will vote no,' Russell said.

She also said, 'I think it should go without saying there are those who only see marriage as between a man and a woman, and I believe we need to respect their right to understand marriage in that way,' Russell said. 'At the same time, they do not have the right to inflict their understanding on the whole state of California.'

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