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NY Times article. Those darned Christians and their singleminded views on homosexuality

Christian Group Passes Resolution to Support Same-Sex Marriage


By SHAILA DEWAN



Published: July 4, 2005
ATLANTA, Ga., July 4 - With a movement to amend the United States Constitution to ban gay marriage picking up steam, the United Church of Christ became the first mainstream Christian denomination to officially support same-sex marriages today when its general synod passed a resolution affirming "equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender."

The resolution was both a theological statement and a blow to discrimination, said the Rev. John H. Thomas, the president and general minister of the denomination, which has 6,000 congregations and 1.3 million members.

"On this July 4, the United Church of Christ has courageously acted to declare freedom, affirming marriage equality, affirming the civil rights of gay - of same-gender - couples to have their relationships recognized as marriages by the state, and encouraging our local churches to celebrate those marriages," Mr. Thomas said at a news conference following the vote.

Some churches and at least one conference had said that such a vote could prompt them to leave the denomination, and one group called for Mr. Thomas's resignation when he came out in support of the resolution. One amendment offered on the synod floor, and accepted, added a phrase acknowledging the "pain and struggle" passage of the resolution would engender.

Yet the resolution, submitted by the church's Southern California-Nevada Conference, appeared to have overwhelming support on the synod floor, where the vote was done by a show of hands after about 45 minutes of debate.
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I can see clearer now, the rain (bias) has gone...[:D]
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the only kind of homo-sexuality i would vote to legalize is lesbianity!! [:D]
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Shame we can't make stupidism illegal.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fishermen in northern Thailand have caught the biggest catfish on record -- a 646-pound (293-kg) giant the size of a grizzly bear -- and eaten it, the WWF and the National Geographic Society said on Wednesday.
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That does explain the frogs hitting my roof...

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LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is considering a split from the United States over climate change at the Group of Eight summit, it was reported Friday.

The unprecedented move would lead to seven countries agreeing on a final communique on climate action with U.S. President George Bush left out.

WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States has determined that despite numerous requests China has become a major supplier of weaponry to Iran and Sudan.

Officials said China has sold major weapons and components to oil-producing countries in the Middle East banned from receiving Western defense systems. They said Beijing has rebuffed U.S. appeals to halt the weapons supplies.
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