The Marriage Amendment: Can People of Faith Vote ‘No’?

at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Can people of faith vote “no” on an amendment restricting marriage to heterosexual couples? You bet they can! Indeed, the overwhelming majority of Christian and Jewish values require that we do so. In this workshop, part of the October 20 Call to Action campaign on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, Jay Michaelson shows how the handful of Biblical verses sometimes used against gay people are unclear and subject to interpretation. What’s quite clear, however, are the overwhelming religious teachings about the sanctity of love, equality, justice, and compassion. Moreover, contrary to the fear that same-sex marriage will erode the institution of marriage, both the empirical data and our own values show the opposite to be the case: marriage for all is stronger than marriage for some.