The Federal Marriage Amendment is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week for debate and a vote. The amendment has been called a “partisan tool” in election year politics as the Administration panders to its radical religious right base. Many people say the amendment writes discrimination into the Constitution without cause. One of those people is the Rev. Bill Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
“This is not an arbitrary or theoretical discussion,” Sinkford says. “This is about real human beings.”
Sinkford has performed many same-sex marriages in his church and remembers the first one with pride.
“My overriding feeling was one of joy as it is with the celebration of any couple,” Sinkford says. “[Same sex marriages] pose no threat to other marriages and they pose no threat to the institution of marriage.”
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The Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, founder and senior analyst for the FaithTrust Institute, joins Welton to discuss the National Declaration by Religious Leaders to Address Violence Against Women, saying religious leaders must acknowledge and confront such violence.
“There is a too common belief among our religious leaders that these things don’t happen in their faith community,” Fortune says.
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