External Marriage Equality Resources

External Resources


Reconciling Ministries Network
A movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in the United Methodist Church.

Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (B-WARM)
seek to affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and ensure the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the ministry and life of the United Methodist Church, particularly in the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

"The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance." (Soulforce mission statement)

A not-for-profit organization that "radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming gospel of Jesus Christ by relentlessly pursuing full inclusion in the [Methodist] Church".

Lutherans Concerned / North America. (ELCA)
Works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations.

United Church of Christ Marriage Equality Page
See also the "God is Still Speaking about Marriage" study guide as well as additional resources provided by the UCC Coalition for LGBT Rights.

More Light Presbyterians
Seeking the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).


We include this resource here so that we can be better informed about groups working against marriage equality, and specifically those targeting Foundry.

Institute on Religion and Democracy
The IRC, which opposes marriage equality, has been critical of Foundry's Summer of Discernment as well as some of the visiting ministers preaching in Foundry's Summer in the City sermons series. Read Dean's response to the IRC, "IRC Goes Too Far" posted at Faith Experience and "Foundry Church Crossed a Line!", Mark Tooley's follow-up comments.

News Coverage and Reports

Read what the blogosphere is saying about Foundry and its Summer of Discernment on marriage equality.

Presbyterians continue to be divided over gays
Delegates to the Presbyterian church's convention in Minneapolis voted July 8th for a more liberal policy on gay clergy but decided not to redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples. Both of Thursday's votes were close. Fifty-one percent of delegates voted to shelve the proposal to redefine marriage as being between "two people" instead of between "a man and a woman," just hours after 53 percent of them voted to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

“Declaration of Religious Support for Marriage Equality,” Clergy United for Marriage Equality

Duffy, Jonathan and Sally Steenland. May 2009. “The Faithful Divide Over Wedding Vows: A Profile of Michgan’s 2004 Battle Over Marriage Equality,” The Center for American Progress.

“California Clergy Defy Denomination with Same-sex Unions,” Aldrich, Marta, Good News Magazine

“Olson Surprises Many Conservatives by Seeking to Overturn Gay-marriage Ban,” Barnes, Robert, The Washington Post, June 14, 2010

"A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage," Blankenhorn, David, and Jonathan Rauch, New York Times, February 22, 2009, Week in Review, p.11, l (proposing federal law recognizing civil unions but exempting religious groups from honoring them).

“Clergy Torn Over Church, Civil Loyalties Over Same-sex Marriage,” Burke, Daniel, The Washington Post, March 27, 2010

"A Holy Secular Institution," Dane, Perry, Emory Law Journal, 58:1123-1194 (2009.

“Marching in the War on Gay Marriage,” Holden, Stephen, The New York Times, June 18, 2010.

“Church Group Backs Gay Marriage,” Omaha World-Herald, Johnson, Tim and Tim Rohwer, June 21, 2010.

“Two Weddings, A Divorce, and ‘Glee,’” Rich, Frank, New York Times, June 11, 2010.

“Marriage Equality for All Couples,” Podesta, John and Robert A. Levy, Washington Post, June 8, 2010.

“Marriage a Civil Right, not Sacred Rite,” Smith, Susan K. The Washington Post, July 30, 2009.

“Marriage: Both Civil and Religious,” Taylor, Pamela, The Washington Post, July 31, 2009.

Americans' Opposition to Gay Marriage Eases Slightly, Gallop, May 24, 2010.
"Forty-four percent favor legal recognition; 53% are opposed...Americans who say religion is "very important" in their lives oppose legal same-sex marriage by 70% to 27%."

Liberal DC Pastors Torn in Response to Gay Marriage, Christian Century, May 4, 2010.

Have Faith in Love. New York Times, Feb. 7, 2010.
An op-ed piece from the New York Times regarding same-sex marriage.

United Methodists hold line on gay issues. UMC, Nov. 4, 2009.
This article looks the stance of the Methodist church compared with other denominations.

Pastors risk careers over gay marriage. Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2008.
"Scores of United Methodist Church ministers in California are putting their careers on the line..."

California United Methodists react to same-sex ruling. UMC, June 8, 2008.
"On the heels of a California Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to same-gender unions, two United Methodist legislative bodies in California have approved gay-friendly statements..."

United Methodists uphold homosexuality stance. UMC, April 30, 2008.
"Delegates to the 2008 General Conference on April 30 rejected changes to the United Methodist Social Principles that would have acknowledged that church members disagree on homosexuality...."

Actions of Other Churches

Dumbarton Oaks United Methodist Church (Washington, DC)
United Methodist Congregatoin to Celebate Same-Sex Weddings (Press Release, March 3, 2010)
Text of Dumbarton's Marriage Equality Statement (Feb. 10, 2010)

A Reconciling Clergy Celebration
A history and description of the work of the Reconciling Retired Clergy of the New England Conference (RRCNEC) at their 10th anniversary celebration . The 100 retired pastors that have signed the RRCNEC Covenant have signified their willingness to officiate at holy unions. New!

Documents on the suspension of Rev. Gregory Dell of Broadway United Methodist Church, Chicago
In Sept. 1998 Reverend Gregory Dell officiated at a covenant service for two gay men who were members of his congregation, Broadway United Methodist Church in Chicago. He was charged with disobedienceto the Discipline and order of The United Methodist Church. He was convicted and suspended but afterwards, he returned as pastor to Broadway UMC. New!

Documents on the conviction of Rev. Jimmy Creech of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska.
On September 14, 1997 the Reverend Jimmy Creech performed a covenant service for two women. A United Methodist church trial court did not convict him. On April 24, 1999, Jimmy Creech co-officiated at a covenant service for two men. A United Methodist church trial court convicted him and removed his clergy credentials. New!

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church - Reconciling Ministries
"Dr. Parker held open discussion with Metropolitan’s church leaders on February 2 and with the congregation on March 2, sharing, that he will perform same-sex marriages at Metropolitan for members of our congregation. A third discussion will be held on May 16. Our discussions provided participants with the opportunity for thoughtful discernment and discussion on the issue of marriage equality, and the effect Dr. Parker’s decision will have on Metropolitan, in light of United Methodist Church law." See also comments by Rev. Tex Sample on same-sex marriage.

Mainline Protestant Clergy Views on Theology and Gay and Lesbian Issues: Findings from the 2008 Clergy Voices Survey. Public Religion Reseach Institute, May 2009.
Inludes views of mainline clergy pastors (including UMC) on gay marriage and LGBT rights.

Consider Blessing Committed, Same-Gender Relationships. Episcopal Church Acts of Convention, 2003.
"We expect such relationships will be characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God."

Statement of Walnut Creek United Methodist Church (CA) in support of same-sex marriages. New!

Statement on Weddings and Holy Unions. Park Slope United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, NY
"Our church has taken the following stand: Until all can be married within our church walls, none shall be married within our church walls."

Wedding Policy - Trinity United Methodist Church, Kansas City
"[A]ffirms the following policy with regard to all weddings and unions of persons of all sexual orientations, to be effective until such date as the larger UMC shall change their policy: No weddings or Holy Union Covenants will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church." News Article from the Southeast Missourian.

"Activist Rev. Still Performing Gay Marriages." Santa Monica Mirror, Oct. 16, 2008.
Profile of Janet McKeithen, pastor of the Ocean Park United Methodist Church who has been officiating at gay marriage ceremonies.

“Religious Groups' Official Positions on Same-Sex Marriage,” March 9, 2010. The Pew Foundation on Religion & Public Life.

Suggested Readings and Films

The Congregation
This film from PBS follows First United Methodist Church of Germantown as it undergoes profound change as well as the fallout after Assistant Pastor Ms. Stroud announced her homosexuality. Includes discussion guides and additional resources.

Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart by Peter J. Gomes. Gomes summarizes many of his points in this New York Times article from 1992.

Badgett, M. V. Lee, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (New York University Press, 2009)

Gagnon, Robert A.J. and Dan O. Via, “Homosexuality and the Bible”

Gerstmann, Evan, Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004, and second editon 2008) [ call no. KF 539.G47 ]

Goldberg-Hiller, Jonathan, The Limits to Union: Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Civil Rights (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2002) [ call no. HQ 1034.U5 G65 ]

Gozemba, Patricia A., History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages (Beacon Press, 2007) [ call no. HQ 1034.U5G69 ]

Jordan, Mark, “Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage”

Lee, Man Yee Karen, Equality, Dignity, and Same-Sex Marriage : a Rights Disagreement in Democratic Societies (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010)

Maloney, H. Newton, “Staying the Course: Supporting the Church's Position on Homosexuality”

Marriage and Same-Sex Unions: a Debate / edited by Lynn D. Wardle et al. (Praeger, 2003). [ call no. HQ 1034.U5 M37 ]

Moral Argument, Religion, and Same-Sex Marriage: Advancing the Public Good, edited by Gordon A. Babst, Emily R. Gill, & Jason Pierceson Lexington Books, 2009) [ call no. KF 539.M67 2009 ]

Rosenfeld, Michael J., The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family (Harvard University Press, March 2007).

Same-Sex Marriage : Pro and Con : A Reader / [edited by] Andrew Sullivan with research assistance by Joseph Landau (Vintage Books, 1997) [call no. HQ76.25 .F677 1997 ]

Same-Sex Marriage : The Moral and Legal Debate / edited by Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum (Prometheus Books, 1997) [ call no. HQ76.3.U5 S33 1997 ]

Snyder, R. Claire., Gay Marriage and Democracy: Equality for All (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)

Sullivan, Andrew, “Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con: A Reader”

What's the Harm? Does Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Really Harm Individuals , Families or Society? / edited by Lynn D. Wardle (University Press of America, 2008)

Wolfson, Evan, Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right To Marry (Simon & Schuster, 2004) [ call no. HQ1034.U5 W65 2004 ]