Well, give them credit where it’s due. A number of religious leaders in New Jersey are fully in support of equal marriage and they are even offering to perform gay marriage in their churches.
In a letter to state government officials, 120 clergy members from 19 faiths and denominations want marriage equality to be voted on in the current legislative session.
In our nation founded on the separation of church and state, the State of New Jersey should not be in the business of telling faiths and clergy whom we can or cannot legally marry. We take issue with the State’s current marriage law, which is not religiously neutral but reflects the beliefs of leaders of a particular faith community which opposes marriage equality.
There cannot be a better guarantor of religious freedom than the version of the Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage Act now before you.
We are proud that our nation has never allowed any one religious doctrine to determine secular law. New Jersey law provides for divorce, for example, though some find divorce religiously impermissible. Indeed, the idea of New Jersey’s banning civil divorce would be unthinkable. Our state would not stand for favoring the convictions of any one religion over another.
If only other religious voices would join them…
(via Pam’s House Blend)