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Same-Sex Marriage Splits Churches

Rev. Todd Eklof, left, of The Unitiarian Universalist Church of Spokane, refused to marry anyone for the past decade in protest of bans on same-sex marriage. Tracy Springberry, center, has asked Eklof to marry her and her partner, Lisa Avery. (Dan Pelle/SR)

For some pastors, Washington’s new law allowing same-sex marriage only adds a piece of paperwork to the blessings they already give to gay couples making a lifelong commitment. For others, the new law has no bearing because their church rules already bar them from marrying people of the same sex. But for dozens of churches in Spokane that have taken steps to recognize gay relationships, Tuesday’s vote may create confusion or add pressure to clarify positions. Although most churches already have guidelines to follow on same-sex marriage, some – especially in the mainline Protestant tradition – have vague or conflicting rules. And some denominations allow individual congregations to make the decision/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here.

Question: If same-sex marriage was allowed in Idaho, what would your church do?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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