Saturday, October 31, 2009

VIDEO: 100 Clergy in Support of Marriage Equality Gather in Washington D.C.

The Washington Post reports:
About 200, representing nearly every faith, have formed D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality. On Thursday night, more than 100 of them gathered at Asbury United Methodist Church in Northwest Washington to support a bill that D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) introduced this month that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

"There is this myth out there that you can't be pro-God and pro-gay," said the Rev. Robert M. Hardies, senior minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian, in the Columbia Heights area. "We are doing the best we can to share the message that there is strong support from within D.C.'s religious community for equality."
Two hearings were held this past Monday. Opponents of marriage equality went before the District's Elections and Ethics committee urging them to allow a Prop 8 style referendum so that D.C. residents could vote on the issue.

The other hearing was open to the public to voice their views on the bill to the City Council. 269 people signed up to testify, making it the largest hearing ever. The Council decided to break it into two hearings. Monday, 100 people testified.

This upcoming Monday, November 2, the second half will begin at 9:30am EST. It will be held at the same location, the the City Council chambers on the fifth floor of the John Wilson City Hall Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. You can watch it live here.

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