Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Flip Side

Focus on the Family has pulled out all the stops in pushing for Amendment 43, an amendment that would define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. And a cadre of like-minded churches has proffered their support, as well.

But there are other folks of faith who think differently, as illustrated by an ad that ran in The Gazette this morning, signed by a bevy of more liberal-minded religious leaders.

"Amendment 43 will not prevent one divorce, it will not stop a single case of spousal abuse, and it will not bring forgiveness or joy to one relationship," the ad reads. "Referendum I (which would give some domestic rights to same-sex couples), on the other hand, will make a concrete difference in the real lives of our families, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow citizens."

The ad was signed by 22 local faith leaders such as the Rev. Benjamin Reynolds, pastor for Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle of High Plains Unitarian-Universalist Church, and the Rev. Bruce Coriell, chaplain for Colorado College.


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