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Methodist Minister Says Marriage Equality In Washington 'Is The Right Thing Do:' VIDEO

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The pro-equality group Washington United For Marriage had released a series of videos called "Why Marriage Matters" in which citizens speak out for an equality law being voted on in November.

There are a variety of voices to be heard in this collection of pro-equality testimonials, but Rev. Melvin Woodworth's remarks may be the most notable.

In his minute-and-a-half video, the Methodist minister describes a time years ago when a gay man came to him and say he wanted to be married, the first time Woodworth had really thought hard on the matter.

"As he talked to me, I just discovered that he was like every other person who had come to me wanting to get married," says Woodworth. "He had love in his heart, he wanted to share it with a person that he had found and he wanted to shout it from the mountain tops."

Our tradition says that God didn't think it was good for a person to be alone. God wants us to be in relationship with other people, and God wants us especially to be in relationships that have certain qualities, and those qualities include honesty, faithfulness, mutuality, equality, affirmation of life, joy in life. God wants us to be in relationships where we share back-and-forth with each other.

After a lot of study of scripture, a lot of work with couples, I have just come to the point where I understand that this is the right thing to do.

Watch Woodworth's video AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Have the pro-equality campaigns in Washington, Maine, Minnesota, and Maryland prepared themselves to counter the soundbites from the Regnerus study that NOM will be bombarding the airwaves with? "Major study shows gay parenting harms kids." It will be devastating. If past performance is any indication, I would guess they haven't prepared.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jun 29, 2012 11:05:18 AM


  2. This pastor is being loving and fair minded. However I think CANDIDEOO1 has a very good point. The other side is NOT loving or fair minded. It will use junk science and sound bites to instill fear.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jun 29, 2012 11:22:38 AM


  3. candide001,
    These are separate issues. Marriage equality is not always tied to raising children. One could reasonably say that one doesn't have anything to do with the other (other than strengthen gay families who already have or want children). There are far more gay couples that want marriage equality who have zero interest in raising children than couples who have or want children.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 29, 2012 11:25:10 AM


  4. It's the black churches the gay community needs to prepare itself to fight against. The Baptist Church has over over 11 million members, most of which black and the National Baptist Convention in the south attracts all the leaders to discuss their roles in politics. They are a supremely powerful group and INTENSELY homophobic. There is no reasoning with the Baptist homophobia. Gays should finally be ready to confront it instead of top toing around it.

    Posted by: T.Y Cherry | Jun 29, 2012 11:50:26 AM


  5. I agree that the presence and role of the black Church should not go overlooked. The Black Church was insturmental in the pssage of the anti marriage equality amendment in North Carolina, according to multiple articles I read. They unite and galvanize most of the black population in the name of fighting gay rights, and sadly, be it California, Ohio, Maryland or North Carolina is can work and has worked. We need to not be waiting for them to respond, we need to be prepared to having concrete talking points to their brand of bigotry.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 29, 2012 11:53:08 AM


  6. We're just decades tired of waiting, for what belongs to us Citizens, in the nation of our birth.

    Posted by: Christophe | Jun 29, 2012 12:30:01 PM


  7. I'm always baffled why religion even enters into these discussions, on either side.

    Posted by: JAMES in Toronto | Jun 29, 2012 12:45:07 PM


  8. matt, What the reality is is not the issue. It's the message and how effective it will be at swaying undecideds and energizing the base

    The pro-equality campaigns have usually been left for road kill once NOM revs up its fear-inducing propaganda machine. They will certainly capitalize on the Regnerus study which Robbie George financed and oversaw. Regnerus gave NOM exactly what they paid for.

    Past performance leads me to fear that our side has not bothered to prepare adequately for this potentially devastating onslaught.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jun 29, 2012 12:55:37 PM


  9. matt, What the reality is is not the issue. It's the message and how effective it will be at swaying undecideds and energizing the base

    The pro-equality campaigns have usually been left for road kill once NOM revs up its fear-inducing propaganda machine. They will certainly capitalize on the Regnerus study which Robbie George financed and oversaw. Regnerus gave NOM exactly what they paid for.

    Past performance leads me to fear that our side has not bothered to prepare adequately for this potentially devastating onslaught.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jun 29, 2012 12:55:38 PM


  10. T.Y.Cherry, the largest Baptist Church denomination in America, which is also the largest protestant denomination in America, is the Southern Baptist Convention, which is 99% WHITE! And though we do need to reach out to black churches, it's mainly WHITE conservative churches who are funding, promoting and voting against our rights.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 29, 2012 2:07:32 PM


  11. God Bless him, he is a real religious leader who follows the true Bible and he is doing the right thing, there are many gay Christians around the world who would agree.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 29, 2012 2:08:02 PM


  12. Here we go again with the black church. The population of WA is less than 4% black. The battle will not be won or lost in the black church.

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 29, 2012 2:15:35 PM


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