Interfaith Group Rallies to Support Gay Rights

February 14, 2006

Source: The Gazette

On February 14, 2006 The Gazette reported, "An interfaith group of clergy is rallying against efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Colorado, saying it is time to end the silence of religious support for gay rights. 'Popular perception often suggests that the only religious position on marriage equality is against,' said Rev. Phil Campbell, founder of the Colorado Clergy for Equality in Marriage. 'We believe in love and in marriage equality and we do so because of our faith, not in spite of it.' At a press conference geared for Valentine's Day, Campbell and other members of the group announced their opposition to the proposed Colorado Marriage Amendment. The initiative pushed by Coloradans for Marriage would add an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A law to that effect already exists. Campbell and his peers, who mostly represent mainstream Protestant and Jewish faiths, called the amendment 'restrictive' of equal rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution... Colorado Clergy for Equality in Marriage, with about 100 members, lacks the clout of Coloradans for Marriage, which has the backing of Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family. The initiative needs 68,000 signatures to make the ballot."