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PURSUING JUSTICE Ten Reasons Religious Leaders Support the Freedom to Marry

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  Supporting civil marriage equality shows that you respect and value the inherent

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worth and dignity of all people, a consistent value in all religious traditions.

 Marriage is not just a religious institution; it also carries significant civil and

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legal values.

  The stability, security, and rights that a civil marriage brings are beneficial for all families and children.

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  Places of worship will always have the freedom to decide whether to perform or recognize any marriage, just as they already do.  

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 The most fundamental human need is the supportive love of other human beings.

  The loss of gay and lesbian believers in religious communities has been tragic.   Diversity of families enriches religious lives and communities.   Full equality for LGBT people is good for families, marriage, and sexual ethics.   Scriptural interpretation used to validate racism and sexism has been

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discarded, and we should just as eagerly discard scriptural interpretation that marginalizes others.

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  Discrimination is wrong, no matter who the victim is.

THE RELIGIOUS CASE FOR THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

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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)

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