Wednesday, November 12, 2008

go susan go

One of the most encouraging things about this entire tragic referendum on gay lifestyles disguised as Proposition 8 is that I have met some amazing people of faith, including our favorite priest, Father Geoff Farrow, and the awesome Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints in Pasadena. These two, among many others, have stood up for us and reminded me what an inclusive God of love is all about.

Check out this transcript of Rev. Susan Russell on yesterday's CNN "Issues" segment:


VELEZ MITCHELL: Day five of outrage in California over the gay marriage ban. You just heard movie star Drew Barrymore joining thousands of angry protesters desperate to overturn Prop 8. Even Governor Schwarzenegger said he hoped the state supreme court would overturn the ban.

Reverend Susan Russell of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena has been protesting right along with the gay rights supporters.

Reverend Russell, exit polls showed three-quarters of weekly churchgoers voted to ban gay marriage. Now, you are a person of the cloth, and you were fighting to give gays the freedom to marry. Why?

REV. SUSAN RUSSELL, ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Absolutely. In a nutshell, I think it's because, as a person of faith and a patriotic American, I believe in both the freedom of religion and the freedom from religion. And while I`ll defend to my last breath the rights of those who think that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, they don`t have the right to write their theology into our constitution. And because people of faith have been so much on the side of promoting bigotry and exclusion regarding gay and lesbian people, I think it`s critical that people of faith, with another perspective, stand up and speak out now, and that`s what we`re doing.

Read the full transcript here

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