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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 03:48 PM
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Good news nugget: Ministers oppose gay marriage amendment (in Kansas!)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of Kansas ministers want to make it clear that not all clergy in the state support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

A letter to the public signed by more than 50 ministers says the amendment violates basic principles of all faiths, which are to treat people equally, with love and respect. They said if the amendment passes on April 5, it would make the lives of thousands of Kansans more difficult.

"For me, as a Christian, if I am taking the faith seriously, there's only one way I could vote and that's no," said the Rev. Robert Meneilly, a retired Prairie Village pastor who was among those who signed the letter. "If we are all made by the same God in the same image, we should all have the same rights."

Bruce Ney, president of the group Kansans for Fairness, said the letter was put together by clergy members who "are somewhat taken aback by the idea that every Christian religion in the state of Kansas backs this amendment when, in fact, that is not true. This was their attempt to make that clear and get the word out."
http://www.cjonline.com/stories/032705/kan_gaymarriage....

The letter is posted here:http://www.kansansforfairness.org/Clergy.cfm
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 03:51 PM
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1. WOWSERS!
Edited on Sun Mar-27-05 03:52 PM by themartyred
that's great news, and helps me realize that even in the reddest (necked) of states, that their are at least 25% or so who wish that their state wasn't so damn hateful!

please get this sticker (or for a Floridian you know) ---

http://www.cafepress.com/impeachjeb
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 04:32 PM
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2. i love it --
but it will take this and more -- if they mean it.

not that i'm demeaning this act -- but straight folk have to get a clue what a mountain we are trying to move here.
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Langley85 Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 04:56 PM
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3. WOW
This section is badly in need of all the positive, encouraging news it can get, and a group of ministers speaking out against a gay marriage amendment impresses me. If only more religious leaders would "see the light".
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 09:01 PM
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4. I saw this in the paper this morning
and was thrilled. I do know that we have quite a few that worked with us in the Vote No campaign and are working here on the amendment issue. One more little but of good news. I was talking to a couple of farmers, tough guys, the other day and they are coming full circle after voting for Bush** again. They now think I was right all along but the best part was after asking them a bunch of questions I threw in the Marriage Amendment question and they were stunned that anyone would care who was getting married. There may be hope but I still won't be surprised to see it pass here. :cry:
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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-28-05 08:32 AM
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5. I'm afraid it will pass, too, but I'm glad to see any sign of people
publicly bucking the trend and saying that they think it's wrong.
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