While political leaders in Texas have been hostile to marriage equality, one Austin couple – Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant– became the first and only legally married same-sex couple in the state on February 19, 2015. The couple is facing a challenge to the legality of their marriage by Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton. Sarah and Suzanne speak with Welton about their lives since their wedding day, the actions taken by Attorney General Ken Paxton to challenge their marriage and the role the faith community is playing in fighting for equality for LGBT people in Texas.
In the past couple of years, we’ve done dozens of State of Belief stories on marriage equality. Here are a few highlights, as the Supreme Court hears arguments that could well lead to the end of marriage discrimination nationwide.
Some Thoughts on the Road to the Supreme Court for Marriage Equality: Welton Gaddy Video and Transcript
Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline urges support for marriage equality as a moral act in houses of worship on the weekend prior to the Supreme Court’s hearing of marriage cases on April 28, 2015.
Byon October 26, 2014
State of Belief Radio host Welton Gaddy talks with Evangelicals for Marriage Equality board member Matt Stohlandske about his faith-inspired offer to raise $150,000 for anti-gay bakery owners.
Matt explained his spirit-inspired reasoning in a recent Washington Post column, I’m a gay rights activist. I want to give $150,000 to someone who opposes gay marriage.
Last week, Nicole Christensen, who married her partner Natalie on that first day same-gender marriages were legal in Utah, joined Welton on State of Belief to talk about the excitement of getting married and the cautious optimism she had that there would be no turning back from the progress that’s been made. Following the Supreme Court’s decision halting marriages in order to allow the appeal to go forward and the governor’s assertion that same-gender marriages were not valid despite when ceremonies had been performed, Welton decided to check back in with Nicole. Listen in to State of Belief this week for a first-person take on what all this is doing to the Utahns who are most directly affected – the couples themselves.
The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, senior pastor of the New York congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church, the world’s largest LGBT organization, on the Supreme Court’s taking on DOMA later this month, and why that should be important to all of us.