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Marriage, not civil union, gave me that sense of equality and belonging. Civil union with all the ‘rights of marriage,’ yet without the name of ‘marriage,’ is not freedom but a concession, is not liberty but toleration; and, therefore, ‘civil union’ is but another name for oppression.” - Rev. Stephen R. Parelli, Evangelical Baptist pastor and Executive Director of Other Sheep

My ordination vows require me to minister to all people in my congregation. This is about pastoral care, about welcoming all people, but especially the marginalized and the oppressed, like Jesus did.” - Rev. Sara Lamar-Sterling, United Methodist pastor and board member of Methodists in New Directions

I believe that a gay couple who has chosen to make a life together and build a home and family together should be given the same rights under the law as other couples who act similarly. It seems to me that it is immoral for the state to decide which marriage is worthy. Gay people should be entitled to the same rights that a straight couple is, and matters of religion and morality are not matters for the state.” - Rabbi Francine Roston, Congregation Beth El (Conservative Judaism)

I’m looking forward to the day when gay marriage is sanctioned by the state and I can sign a legal document stating the couple was married without having to schlep all the way to Massachusetts.” - Rabbi Joel Abraham, Temple Sholom (Reform Judaism)

Religious freedom has been denied to thousands of faith communities whose theologies call for full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.” - Rev. J. Manny Santiago, Pastor, University Baptist Church - Seattle, WA

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The Religious Case for the Freedom to Marry  
The Religious Case for the Freedom to Marry  

Prepared by Equality Illinois, the case for allowing faiths to decide which marriages should be consecrated. (Updated 9/13)