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The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto) which is part of the United States based Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), began performing legal same-sex marriages in January 2001.
is proud to announce that beginning in January 2001 we will be issuing
marriage licenses for same sex weddings. Until now, we felt restricted
from acting on our beliefs by what we thought was a legal impediment regarding
same sex weddings. Being called by God to marry same sex couples, we recently
sought legal advice and as a result, we have changed our position on the
legality of same sex marriages. In keeping with the ancient Christian
tradition of banns of marriage we will now be issuing marriage licenses
for same sex weddings. We believe we will be the first to issue these
licenses anywhere in the world. As you may know, the issue of same sex
marriage is currently before the courts and we are seeking to participate
in those court proceedings and we have retained Douglas Elliott, of Elliott
and Kim to act on our behalf."
Resources about faith and homosexuality:
Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell, "Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights", (2002), Doubleday / University of Wisconsin Press.
John Boswell's "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality", (1980), University of Chicago Press.
"Does the Bible Condemn Homosexuality? An Interview with Dr. Reverend Cheri DiNovo", The Turning Magazine, Summer, 2004
Hill and Rand Cheadle, "The Bible Tells Me So - Uses and Abuses of
Holy Scripture", (1996), Anchor Books.
Tom Horner, "Jonathan Loved David: Homosexuality in Biblical Times", (1978), Philadelphia: Westminster Press.
Vaughn Roste, "The Queer-positive Bible", a paper presented at the Diversity Conferences of Alberta, March 9, 2002
Open letter to religious leaders on marriage equality, (2004), Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
Scrogg, "The New Testament and Homosexuality"
Bishop John Shelby Spong, "Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism", (1992), Harper San Francisco
"What We Wish We Had Known: Breaking the Silence, Moving Toward Understanding. A Resource for Individuals and Families", The Presbyterian Church, Mt. Kisco, New York, Third Edition.