A Christian church voted on a resolution concerning its stance on same-sex marriages Monday. This Christian church voted to endorse same-sex marriage.
The president of the United Church of Christ said his denomination “acted courageously to declare freedom” when it passed a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage on Independence Day.
The resolution calls on member churches of the liberal denomination’s 1.3 million members to consider wedding policies “that do not discriminate against couples based on gender.” It also asks churches to consider supporting legislation granting equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples and to work against laws banning gay marriage.
The endorsement by the church’s rule-making body Monday makes it the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage. The vote is not binding on individual churches, but could cause some congregations to leave the fold.
“On this July Fourth the General Synod of the United Church of Christ has acted courageously to declare freedom, affirming marriage equality, affirming the civil rights of same gender couples to have their relationships recognized as marriages by the state, and encouraging our local churches to celebrate and bless those marriages,” said the Rev. John H. Thomas, president of the United Church of Christ.
Roughly 80% of the representatives on the church’s 884-member General Synod voted to approve the resolution Monday, a day after a committee recommended it.
No more perfect day for it, either.