Great Herald article about the hoped for wedding of Greg McKinney and Terry Davis, but it contained a common error about Christian denominations. Though it was suggested the marriage will take place in the same denomination in which Mr. Davis grew up, this is not the case.
Mr. Davis grew up in the Church of Christ, a traditional denomination, while the marriage will take place in the United Church of Christ, which has been advocating for full inclusion of GLTB people for decades. Congregational UCC on 26th Street West and Faith UCC on U.S. 64 East are part of the United Church of Christ (UCC), which has over 1,200 congregations that are open and affirming of the GLTB community.
The UCC ordained the first openly gay pastor in a major denomination in 1972. In 2005 the General Synod rang out for freedom on July 4th by overwhelmingly passing a resolution supporting same-gender marriage equality.
UCC pastors, including my wife and I, have been marrying same-gender couples for many years. Though the states in which they lived did not legally recognize these marriages, God and the church recognized them as full Covenants of Marriage.
Faith UCC, which became open and affirming in 2011, had its first same-gender wedding in December. It was among the most beautiful and biblically-based weddings I have seen. The couple then flew to Hawaii to make it legal, but their marriage began in that sanctuary surrounded by family, friends and the supportive members of their church.
The UCC is proud of its support of the GLTB community over the decades. And Faith UCC and Congregational UCC celebrate that heritage.