February 16, 2013

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
John 12:27-36

Prominent African-American clergy from around the country are featured in a new video campaign for same-sex marriage in Maryland, delivering a powerful message in defense of equality for all people. Marylanders for Marriage Equality released the video in a social media campaign to explain that Question 6, a referendum that asks voters to vote for or against the law that would legalize same-sex marriage, does not threaten religious liberty. The faith leaders featured in the campaign are urging Marylanders to vote for the ballot issue in November. The MDFME coalition, which represents a diverse group of faith leaders, community partners, local businesses, elected representatives and grassroots supporters, is working to make sure Marylanders understand that a for vote for Question 6 does not threaten the rights of those churches and clergy that do not recognize same-sex marriage.

Several United Church of Christ ministers are featured in the video, which underscores a desire to protect the civil rights of all people. As religious leaders, they note "a civic and moral duty to stand with all Americans as they pursue equality."

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