You don’t resist consciousness, nor do you turn it around. Nobody would contemplate re-segregating; no one would contemplate taking the vote away from women. Nobody will contemplate forcing gay and lesbian people to go back into the closet today – we just passed that, and consciousness doesn’t go in a two-way street; it’s always a one-way direction. You’re always more open to the future. – Bishop John Shelby Spong

As the Supreme Court was announcing its monumental decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 on June 26th, 2013, we were just arriving at the New Jersey home of the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, retired Bishop of Newark and an outspoken advocate for acceptance and inclusivity in the Church and in society as a whole.

We took the opportunity to ask for his thoughts upon hearing the Court’s decisions.

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DOMA's Done: John Shelby Spong State of Belief Radio Interview, June 26, 2013

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