Local religious leaders share mixed feelings on gay marriage ban - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Local religious leaders share mixed feelings on gay marriage ban

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

"Our Bible - our word - declares our moral right to stand for what's right."

Speaking out in opposition of same-sex marriage and adoption, Reverend Lawrence Glass, president of the Council of Baptist Pastors represents more than 100 churches within the metropolitan Detroit area.

"I can't condone behavior that is clear, speaking against what we understand the traditional interpretation of scriptures to be," Rev. Glass says.

But the Bible clearly speaks to different faiths in different ways.

"This is a dignity issue. This is loving thy neighbor as thyself but it's going a step beyond that because it's about ensuring that we're all equal." Michelle Meech is a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

The bishop there, Reverend Wendell Gibbs, just issued a statement about the decision pending in federal court regarding same sex marriage and adoption:

"Justice has been elusive in too many segments of our society. Often, those "in power" who make declarations about what is just seem unable to set aside their personal biases in the interest of impartiality. The result: segregation, dehumanization and irrational fear that promotes bullying and other forms of violence.

Despite opposition from various forces, support for marriage equality is growing. In fact, it is growing across all segments of our society. Support is not determined by age, ethnicity, sexuality or even religious beliefs. Rather, growing support is arising out of an emergent desire for true justice for all.

In my opinion, picking and choosing whose rights should be protected or which civil rights the church will support is neither American "justice for all" nor supported by the God of salvation history.

I stand in support of marriage equality and pray that our justice system will work to break down the walls of segregation, promote the humanity of all and calm our irrational fears.."

If Judge Friedman finds the ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and doesn't issue a stay, that means weddings could start immediately.

Clergy are ready to help people say, 'I do.'

"It's a very emotional thing for people to be recognized for the love that they have and for who they are," says Meech.

If the judge overturns the ban it's likely he would issue a stay on gay marriages pending appeal.

A decision is expected late this week or early next.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:59:07 GMT
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
  • Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:21:36 GMT
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
  • How to handle a dog attack

    How to handle a dog attack

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:48:45 GMT
    After a 46-year-old jogger was killed in a dog attack, a local expert gives advise on what to do if you're attacked by a dog.
    After a 46-year-old jogger was killed in a dog attack, a local expert gives advise on what to do if you're attacked by a dog.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:20:50 GMT
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:03:32 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:09:28 GMT
    As of 9 p.m., DTE has restored power to 103,000 of the customers impacted by the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. Approximately 83,000 customers are out of power.
    As of 9 p.m., DTE has restored power to 103,000 of the customers impacted by the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. Approximately 83,000 customers are out of power.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices