This NYT article doesn’t really break any new ground; it doesn’t even appear to have requested new quotes from the candidates on the topic. It says (again) that both McCain and Obama oppose same-sex marriage. It also says that both oppose a federal constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, and that Obama has consistently opposed state-level measures like CA’s Prop 8 that would bar same-sex marriage.
But this bit struck me:
As a Christian – he is a member of the United Church of Christ – Mr. Obama believes that marriage is a sacred union, a blessing from God, and one that is intended for a man and a woman exclusively, according to these supporters and Obama campaign advisers.
General Synod overwhelmingly calls for “full marriage equality”
July 4, 2005
General Synod 25 overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of equal marriage rights for all people, regardless of gender. It marks the first time that one of the nation’s mainline churches has expressed support of marriages for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.
Delegates wrestled with the resolution for about an hour before casting a decisive vote in favor of the resolution that was refined and recommended late Sunday by a 54-member Synod committee. The document was altered by only one amendment, which delegates readily accepted, that expressed a spirit of concern for those who must deal with the resolution’s impact in the months ahead….
The marriage equality resolution (1) affirms equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender and declares that the government should not interfere with couples regardless of gender who choose to marry and share fully in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of legally recognized marriage; (2)affirms equal access to the basic rights, institutional protections and quality of life conferred by the recognition of marriage, (3) calls for an end to rhetoric that fuels hostility, misunderstanding, fear and hatred expressed toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, (4) asks officers of the church to communicate the resolution to local, state and national legislators, urging them to support equal marriage rights, (5) calls upon all settings of the church to engage in serious, respectful and prayerful discussion of the covenantal relationship of marriage and equal marriage rights, (6) calls upon congregations, after prayerful, biblical, theological, and historical study, to consider adopting Wedding Policies that do not discriminate against couples based on gender, and (7) urges congregations and individuals of the UCC to prayerfully consider and support local, state and national legislation to grant equal marriage rights to couples regardless of gender, and to work against legislation, including constitutional amendments, which denies rights to couples based on gender.
The actual resolution is here (pdf).
So it’s not the UCC — Obama’s denomination — that is setting up opposition to marriage equality. Quite the contrary: Obama’s denomination appears to advocate strongly for marriage equality. Maybe Rev. Wright didn’t … but Rev. Wright’s not in Obama’s life any more.
Seriously, what’s the holdup? If he wins, let’s ask him again on Nov. 5.