Resources for Creating Faith Events
Hundreds of faith communities have joined the movement for marriage equality across the country, and we stand arm in arm with those communities. Below are a few resources created for the organizing effort around Supreme Court oral arguments and Decision Day, but please feel free to use them in your ongoing organizing work with communities of faith!
Talking With People of Faith (con't)
Liturgy Design (con't)
I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing
Resources for Blessing Same‑Gender Relationships
The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant
Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships
Ecumenical Catholic Church (ECC) Marriage Liturgy
This is the liturgy used in all ECC weddings, whether gay, lesbian, or straight. It is standard liturgical work, except that it has eliminated all the male and female wording common in marriage rites.
Worship and Arts Resources
Worship resources for use with gatherings supporting LGBT inclusion.
UCC Open and Affirming Coalition – Worship and Music
The Open and Affirming Coalition is asking all ONA congregations to pray on Sunday, April 26, for the justices of the Supreme Court when they gather in April 28 to hear arguments for and against marriage equality. These resources may help.
Personal Stories (Clergy & Laity)
A Seal upon my Heart
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame.
Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality
The Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality provides a faith-based argument for justice, based on the biblical call to love, compassion and inclusion.
A Powerful Reminder Why Love Can’t Wait
Stacey Schuett and Lesly Taboada-Hall were together for nearly 30 years before they decided to get married in June 19, 2013. Sadly, their marriage was shortly before Lesly’s death from cancer.
Celebrating Lennie and Pearl
With their loving banter and lifelong commitment to each other, it was hard to not be moved by their powerful story.
Five LGBT Love Stories That Will Remind You Why Love Can’t Wait
As we wind down to April 28 – when the U.S. Supreme Court will review cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and decide whether the U.S. Constitution allows for states to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples by denying them the right to marry – HRC put together five LGBT love stories to remind you why love can’t wait.
Jumping Beyond the Broom
Liberty and justice for all is not yet a reality in America. Despite the election of our nation’s first African American president, black Americans continue to trail behind their white counterparts in education, employment, and overall health and well-being. And while some states and the federal government continue to expand protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, more than half of all states still deny them basic civil rights.
Research, Data, & Polling
Congressional Marriage Positions
The Human Rights Campaign works with every branch of the federal government to ensure that LGBT issues receive the attention and respect they deserve. Support for marriage equality is rapidly growing across all demographics, and the public deserves to know the positions of their elected officials on this important issue.
Overview of Federal Benefits Granted to Married Couples
There are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law.
Polling Tracks Growing and Increasingly Diverse Support for the Freedom to Marry
Public opinion research clearly demonstrates that a growing majority supports the freedom to marry. Likewise, support continues to rise in every state, demographic and community. This resource tracks marriage polling at the national, state level, and in key demographics.
General Faith Resources