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OUR ISSUES - MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Invitation to Marriage Equality Colloquies
       Location and Dates      
2006-7 Legislative Proposal for Marriage Equality

Invitation to Marriage Equality Colloquies

Would you like to discuss theological, biblical and pastoral issues surrounding same-sex marriage? Would you like to hear a theologian and biblical scholar discuss the interpretation of scripture and apply this to same-sex marriage? Would you like resources to use in engaging members of your congregation in discussions of same-sex marriage?

The Religious Coalition for Equality is organizing Marriage Equality Colloquies around the state in late October and early November titled "Scripture and Marriage Equality: An in depth look at how we interpret Jewish and Christian Scripture in the context of same-sex marriage". The colloquies will include a presentation by a biblical scholar and theologian on scriptural interpretational plus conversation with same-sex couples, educational resources, and discussion opportunities. No public statement will be released and no group consensus will be sought.

Speakers will include: Rev. Dr. Lisa Wilson Davison, Professor of Old Testament at Lexington Theological Seminary, who will address the colloquies on October 26th, 27th, and 30th in Kennewick, Spokane and Everett and The Rev. Dr Jay Johnson, Professor of Theology, Pacific School of Religion, who will address the colloquies on November 8th, 9th, and 10th in Seattle, Olympia and Vancouver. The only charge for attending a colloquy is $7.50 for lunch.         

                                  

Jan 23rd, Anti-Discrimination Day, Governor Christine Gregoire-Interfaith Rally at the Capitol (check out UU Voices Photo Gallery 1/23/2006)

Locations and dates include:

Oct 26th Kennewick United Methodist Church (421 W. Kennewick Ave. Kennewick),
Oct. 27th Spokane Westminster Congregational Church (411 S Washington St., Spokane),
Oct 30th Everett Temple Beth Or (3215 Lombard Av, Everett),
Nov 8th Bellevue Christian Church (10808 SE 28th St., Bellevue),
November 9th First United Methodist Church (1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia),
Nov 10th East United Methodist Church (5701 MacArthur Blvd, Vancouver).

For info and registration visit www.religiouscoalition-wa.org/colloquy.html or contact Stan Kehl at 206-930-6253 or stankehl@religiouscoalition-wa.org.

Rev. Elizabeth "Kit" Ketcham
Consulting minister to the UU Congregations of Vashon and Whidbey Islands
Puget Sound, WA

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy. (Louise Bogan)

 

Washington UU Voices for Justice:
Legislative Proposal
for 2007- Marriage Equality
                                                     
              printable format

Proposed by: Rev. Elizabeth “Kit” Ketcham, Consulting minister,
UU Congregations of Vashon and Whidbey Islands,Puget Sound, WA
                                                                   
Propose and Track the Issue of Marriage Equality Per the Criteria

Timeliness: Because the Supreme Court upheld the Defense of Marriage Act and urged a legislative solution to the unfairness experienced by same-sex couples, there will be a bill introduced in the legislature in the upcoming session to propose a solution.

Impact and Relationship to UU Values: This bill, of course, would have a huge impact on same sex couples in our state and is directly connected to our UU values. Recently, legislation to protect sexual minorities was passed in Washington State and successfully combatted an effort by Tim Eyman to get a referendum to oppose it on the November ballot.

Opportunity for Coalition-Building: Allies in this struggle are the many Gay/Lesbian advocacy groups (Equal Rights Washington, etc.) and the Religious Coalition for Equality.

Cutting Edge/Long Term Strategy: It is unlikely that legislation will pass immediately; it is likely to take a number of years for our legislature to evolve to the point where such legislation is able to pass.