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“What a Great Day!” – Welton Gaddy on SCOTUS marriage decision

Welton_Gaddy_SCOTUSWhat a great day! I am thankful for the Supreme Court’s decision on equality in marriage. It is another giant step toward fulfillment of the vision embedded in our constitution. I could not be happier for scores of people in the LGBT community, many of whom are among my dearest friends, who finally have been formally recognized by our government as people of dignity and worth whose love and commitments have deserved affirmation since the inception of this nation.

I also am grateful that the unfolding of history allowed me to be president of Interfaith Alliance during this critical time of needed change filled with more turbulence than was necessary. My successor, Rabbi Jack Moline, has continued to build on those efforts.

Only minutes after the Supreme Court’s decision was announced, I wrote to Jack along with the rest of Interfaith Alliance’s staff and board members to thank them for their contributions to the facilitation of change that helped bring us to this morning’s good news. From diverse religious and secular voices across the nation united with the tireless work and highest aspirations of members of the LGBT community came truth-bearing words and relentless actions aimed at securing justice that does not punish same-gender love or prohibit recognition of the union of the lovers. It was a great journey. It is a great victory. What a great day!

-Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President Emeritus, Interfaith Alliance; Host, State of Belief Radio

The disturbing full-page ad threatening to defy a pro-marriage equality ruling from the Supreme Court

The disturbing full-page ad threatening to defy a pro-marriage equality ruling from the Supreme Court, signed not only by a variety of religious and secular conservative leaders, but two declared candidates for President of the United States

Help for Sexual Violence Victims; How Corporate America Invented Christian America; EEOC v. Abercrombie – Next State of Belief!

circleonlyHere’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

The Helms Amendment. It’s been used to block government funding of numerous important programs based on an aversion to funding abortion under any circumstances. A coalition of faith and secular groups is working to moderate ways this policy is being misused to withhold foreign aid for victims of sexual violence, and we’ll get an update from the Rev. Harry Knox, President and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Religious Choice.

Also, America’s changing religious landscape: boy did it change in the first half of the last century. We’ll hear some eye-opening challenges to the Christian Nation view of our past from historian Kevin Kruse. His new book is titled One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America.

And we’ll talk about what the Supreme Court’s ruling in the E-E-O-C v. Abercrombie & Fitch case means – and should mean – regarding true religious liberty.

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