CALIFORNIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND CALIFORNIA CHURCH IMPACT
URGE GOVERNOR TO SIGN MARRIAGE EQUALITY ACT
Thursday, September 8, 2005
California Council of Churches and California Church IMPACT today
urged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to take a large step toward
creating a moral and just society by signing AB 849 allowing same-gender
"Our faith principles tell us that Christ's message was universal
love of and for all people. To render some people second-class
citizens breaks that covenant and makes us a less honorable society,"
said Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director of both organizations.
"As a moral society, we have no choice but to confront our
own prejudices and change how we view human interactions,"
he said. "Many tenets in the Bible - including its acceptance
of slavery - we now see are remnants of an ancient society we
cannot sustain. To deny people their full humanity is to breech
our commitment to live out Christ's teachings."
California Council of Churches has long supported gay rights in
its legislative principles based on faith teachings. California
Church IMPACT, the Council's advocacy sister organization, carries
those principles into the legislative arena. Both organizations
represent 1.5 million members of the mainstream Protestant and
Orthodox communities of faith.
"People believe that all Christians are opposed to same-sex
marriage. That is not at all accurate," said Rev. Schlosser.
"This bill is completely responsive to the differing views
and allows churches to follow their own conscience regardless
of what they believe. It is an honorable means to achieving a
fully democratic and fair society with all views having the freedom
of conscience. We urge the Governor to sign this important and
For more information, contact Elizabeth Sholes at 916-442-5447,