Basic Rights Oregon has been moving forward with a decision to place a ballot initiative before voters to legalize marriage equality but decided yeaterday to wait until after 2012 before doing so. That was a hard but wise decision that I fully support.
Like many religious leaders, I support marriage equality because "our religious traditions and scriptures teach us that wherever love is present, God is also present. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is our human capacity to love one another. The ability of two people to enter into relationships and form families of love and care is one expression of this gift. It is holy and good." As a minister in the United Church of Christ, I believe strongly that equality must being extended to all - just as God's love is for all.
The campaign for marriage equality will come - sooner rather than later, I hope. It is frustrating that justice is being delayed once again but have no doubt that justice will come.