Minnesota Episcopals vote to oppose amendment to ban same-sex marriage

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 4:20 pm | More from The Minnesota Independent

Minnesota’s Episcopalians voted this weekend to oppose a ballot question that would change the Minnesota Constitution to ban marriage rights for same-sex couples. The denomination joins a small but growing list of faith organizations who are urging members to vote “no” next November.

The Star Tribune reports that the Episcopalians voted in favor of a “Resolution against the Constitutional Amendment to Ban Marriage for Same-Sex Couples.”

“The Episcopal Church in Minnesota has always stood with the marginalized,” Brian N. Prior, IX Bishop of Minnesota, said in a statement following the vote. “Regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender orientation or immigrant status, Episcopalians in Minnesota have always embraced both the Gospel mandate of love of neighbor and the Baptismal Covenant imperative to respect the dignity of every human being.”

OutFront Minnesota, a member of the Minnesotans United for All Families coalition which is working to defeat the amendment said in a Facebook message, “We can all be proud of the many communities of faith that have taken a stand with LGBT Minnesotans to make our state a place that values and welcomes all people and families.”

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is the only other denomination to formally come out against the amendment. Mayflower United Church in Christ, Open Circle Church, Shir Tikvah Synagogue, Mt. Zion Temple and Jewish Community Action have also come out against the amendment, as have the non-religious communities that make up the Minnesota Atheists.

Some denominations that haven’t yet taken a stand on the issue are facing pressure.

The Minnesota Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is having an annual week-long meeting with Minnesota’s Roman Catholic Bishops as part of a 35-year dialogue on issues of mutual interest, but one group is calling on the MELCA to speak out against the Catholic church’s involvement in opposing LGBT rights.

The Rainbow Sash Movement, a group of Catholic working to change the church’s attitude toward LGBT people, released a statement today calling on the MELCA to distance itself from the Catholic church on the same-sex marriage issue.

“We are calling on the Evangelical Bishops to condemn the public aspirations of the Catholic Bishops to promote homophobia as an acceptable behavior when it comes to the legitimate aspirations of GLBT people seeking equality in the state of Minnesota,” the group said. “Not to do so might be seen as a sign of subliminal agreement and support for the Catholic Bishops opposition to Gay Marriage.”

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Anonymous
Comment posted August 16, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

I hope that the readers of this article will take some time out to read all the facts before making any judgments about Ismailis. Here is a link about the ismaili’s http://www.theismaili.org/Home


Amin
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 8:40 am

Confusing article and conveys a false impression of Aga Khan


Amin
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 8:40 am

Confusing article and conveys a false impression of Aga Khan


John
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

Mary Tumas’ characterization of the Aga Khan is shallow at best. 

To wonder about Perry being a pro-shariah candidate by his affiliation to the Aga Khan is completely erroneous.  The Aga Khan is not a pro-shariah leader and goes out of his way to encourage his followers to strictly adhere to the laws of the land in which they live.  The Aga Khan is a non-political leader who spends his time helping humanity to improve their lot in life by teaching/investing rather than handing out.
 
Furthermore, refer to him as “Khan” implies his last name is Khan, but it isn’t.  “Aga Khan” is a title.  He wasn’t raised in Kenya, he was born in Switzerland and went to school there and attending University in the US.. Mary a little more research would be nice.


Guest
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

I guess the bigger point should be that Perry needs to figure out who he is and what he really believes rather than play games to win an election. Then again, I suppose that’s politics.


Anonymous
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

Sharia law is not a physical manifestation of law, but a belief system. I think you should learn more about the Ismailis and the Aga Khan before making any decisions about this relationship. One Muslim community is not the same as EVERY Muslim community: http://www.theismaili.org/Home


Guest
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

Mary, i think you are completely confused about Aga Khan and Ismailies. Please do more research about it. Aga Khan was not born in Kenya, he was born in Switzerland and educated in Harvard. He is a popular known philanthrophist and has no affiliation to any political party or agenda. You can learn more about his work from http://www.akdn.org. 
Aga Khan is the chairman AKDN, a non profit organization.


WhoistheAgaKhan!
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

Everyone has an agenda. E.v.e.r.y.o.n.e. 

I found this film on the Aga Khan: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=aga+khan+film&x=0&y=0


WhoistheAgaKhan!
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

Everyone has an agenda. E.v.e.r.y.o.n.e. 

I found this film on the Aga Khan: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=aga+khan+film&x=0&y=0


Mohgul
Comment posted August 17, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

Aga Khan is not a Philanthropist, he is a Spritual leader, or better known as the Present Imam of Ismaili Muslims.  He is bound by his mandate as an Imam to help people and improve the condition of people around the world.

Perry signed an agreement with the Aga Khan to introduce Islam in Texas schools, because Islam is misunderstood in the West.

Look at the work of Ismaili Muslims around the world.  This is done in Islamic spirit.  In Canada, Ismailis are very much respected.  Just ask the Canadians.

During Katrina, American-Ismaili Muslims rushed to the areas to work side by side with other Americans.

When floods invaded Texas a few years ago, Ismailis were serving food to the displaced people from their Mosques and handing out clothing..

People fearing Shariah law because of Perry’s friendship with the Aga Khan, are the very people who need to go back to school and learn what True Islam is.

It is never too late to learn about any faith because the more knowledge we have of our sister faiths, the better relations we will all have with God’s Universe.


WhoistheAgaKhan!
Comment posted August 18, 2011 @ 1:46 am

A lot of people have “mandates”, even more formal/legal ones and they have still broken the law and done bad/terrible things!

But most importantly, there is no “TRUE” Islam. There are good Muslims and bad Muslims.


Sean
Comment posted August 18, 2011 @ 5:55 am

Unfortunately, while the tagline for this publication is “national news in context,” this article is completely lacking any context.  It provides a very distorted view of the Aga Khan and the Ismaili community.  I’m not sure if the columnist purposely provided a distorted view of the Aga Khan and the Ismaili community because it helps her narrative or because she hasn’t done any research.  A visit to the Aga Khan Development Network website (www.akdn.org), the Ismaili community website (www.theismaili.org), or the Institute of Ismaili Studies website (www.iis.ac.uk) provide a fair amount of background and context about the Ismaili community and the Aga Khan.  The Aga Khan Development Network has signed agreements with the state of California, just as it has with Texas.  The Aga Khan has been the guest of President Clinton at a conference on culture at the White House, just as he has been the guest of Governor Perry.  The Aga Khan has been sponsored events at the Smithsonian where he shared the stage with the late Senator Kennedy (D) and former Sec of State Colin Powell (R).  I definitely encourage those reading this to visit the websites listed above-one can find as many pictures of the Aga Khan with Hillary Clinton as with Rick Perry; the information on the sites help provide shed light on how Ismailis are situated within the larger Islamic faith–what they share in common and what makes them different; and one gets a real sense of the Aga Khan’s lifestyle and how he spends his time.  I thought the Washington Independent was supposed to provide a credible alternative to more mainstream media outlets–this is a disappointing piece of reporting.  


Panhwar
Comment posted August 18, 2011 @ 10:43 am

If a well known newspaper publishes articles having no substance or research where is the journalism going.

Done worry Aga Khan will not put you in any Sharia Law nor he will create a Muslim country within the US in fact he has a large amount of his philanthropy work in non Muslim areas of Africa.


Ray
Comment posted August 20, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

Absolutely right, I never understood before someone writes about a personality like The Aga Khan, why don’t they simply do their homework first. She (Mary) should go back and look into it before she makes any suggestions.


Ray
Comment posted August 20, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

The writer of this article needs to research before declare his/her comments. Mainly to spread good words, peace, harmony and create bridges among different faiths rather than flame in name of politics and religion. Mary should definitely needs to be educated about The Aga Khan and Aga Khan Development Network before writing such articles.


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