Same-sex marriage ruling reaction at Sunday services

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – Inside Clark-Grace United Church of Christ in South St. Paul, Reverend Oliver White plays a new song.

"We have finally as a society moved one step closer to the beloved community that we've been singing about," White said.

But years ago, at a different church, White's support of same-sex marriage, lost him a majority of his congregation.

Rev. White said, "The more they talked and the more they abandoned the church, the more committed I was to hang on no matter what. Because I felt it was the right thing to do."

The church closed in 2012 which brought him to a new home that calls itself an open and affirming community.

While same-sex marriage is now legal across the U.S., the debate continues inside places of worship.

Within the Catholic Church, there are dividing opinions.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Friday, calling the Supreme Court's decision "a tragic error."

"On the other hand, there are other bishops who have issued far more welcoming statements," University of St Thomas Professor of Law Charles Reid said.

At Clark-Grace United Church of Christ, its congregation will walk into Sunday's service seeing a bit more color.

"Let's continue to move forward," Reverend White said.


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