Global leaders of the historic Metropolitan Community Church
(MCC) praised the decisions of the Supreme Court today as it ruled on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
"Freedom and equality won today as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the US Constitution and every family," said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. "Children in California now know their families will be treated equally. Today, every American is free to live in the assurance that their loved ones will receive all benefits the US gives to any other family. As the head of MCC, a global church founded on the belief that all people are created equal before God and the law, I am thrilled that the Supreme Court decided that the US Constitution applies to all of us, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity."
"We are committed to full equality for all people, and we will work for the full implementation of today's Supreme Court rulings and for marriage equality around the world," said Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Marriage Equality Director for MCC's Public Policy Team.Metropolitan Community Church
's history of marriage equality began in 1968 when the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of MCC, conducted the first, public same-gender wedding ceremony in the US. In 1970, Rev. Perry brought a lawsuit for marriage equality in California. MCC worked for decades, sponsoring weddings at Pride marches, protesting on Valentine's Day in Justices of the Peace offices, and performing thousands of Holy Unions in their churches.
MCC will celebrate these decisions and move forward at its 25th General Conference in Chicago, Illinois, July 1-5, 2013.After 45 years of ministry and advocacy, the church continues to be on the cutting edge of ministry around the world. Known as "The Human Rights Church" in many countries, MCC will host U.S. Ambassador Daniel Baer and present the MCC human rights award to Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda, where he has fought the infamous "kill the gays" bill. MCC leaders will also celebrate the founding of their "Global Justice Institute," in partnership with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. The Global Justice Institute is working with leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America for equality for sexual minorities and all people who deserve justice.