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MCC Statement on Washington Marriage Equality

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2012


From the Office of the Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches


For Immediate Release: 15 February 2012


Media Contacts: Jason O’Neill, MCC Communications, , 508-246-8416

 Ann Craig, MCC Communications,, 917-280-2968 



Head of Metropolitan Community Church Celebrates Rising Tide of Marriage and Love for ALL

February 15, 2012 –  As Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed the state’s marriage equality bill into law, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of the historic Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), celebrated, “We have marriage equality from coast to coast! Millions of loving, same-gender couples are now living in states where they are equal before both God and the law.”

“I am so proud of the Metropolitan Community Churches,” said Wilson. “It was MCC's founder, the Rev. Tory Perry, who performed the first public same-gender marriage in the United States in California in 1969. In 1970, he filed the first lawsuit legal for recognition of same-gender marriages. That lawsuit launched the debate over marriage equality in the United States.”

The Rev. Candy Holmes, who recently testified to the Maryland legislature with her wife, the Rev. Darlene Garner, said, “MCC faith leaders have been present in almost every struggle for marriage equality. We have organized, testified and persevered. Today, we are seeing the fruits of our leadership and collaboration.”

The Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, MCC pastor in Los Angeles, said, “We stand proudly with the faithful in Washington and all people of good faith who embrace marriage for all loving couples. Millions of people in Washington, New Jersey, Maryland and other states are taking the next steps toward fairness for all families. We are all praying as we await marriage for all loving couples in California and, sooner than rather later, throughout the United States.”

With the new law, Washington becomes the seventh state plus the District of Columbia where marriage rights for same-gender couples are legal. The law will go into effect on June 7. Currently, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and the District of Columbia permit gay marriage. Maryland and New Jersey legislatures stand at the brink of approving marriage equality—with support from Maryland Governor O’Malley and a probable veto from New Jersey Governor Christie.

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is a global Christian denomination with churches in 40 countries. MCC has performed thousands of holy unions for same-gender couples since its founding and marriages where it is legal. 



The Reverend Dr. Jim Merritt

Marriage Equality Coordinator, MCC Global Justice

Tel: 407-722-1401



This statement prepared in conjunction with the Global Justice Team of

Metropolitan Community Churches, The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair ___________________________________________________________________