March 18, 2014
Justice has been elusive in too many segments of our society. Often, those “in power” who make declarations about what is just seem unable to set aside their personal biases in the interest of impartiality. The result: segregation, dehumanization and irrational fear that promotes bullying and other forms of violence.
Despite opposition from various forces, support for marriage equality is growing. In fact, it is growing across all segments of our society. Support is not determined by age, ethnicity, sexuality or even religious beliefs. Rather, growing support is arising out of an emergent desire for true justice for all.
In my opinion, picking and choosing whose rights should be protected or which civil rights the church will support is neither American “justice for all” nor supported by the God of salvation history.
I stand in support of marriage equality and pray that our justice system will work to break down the walls of segregation, promote the humanity of all and calm our irrational fears.
— The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs Jr.
10th Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
A Statement from Michigan’s Four Episcopal Bishops
As Christians and leaders in the Episcopal Church, we applaud Judge Friedman’s decision to overturn Michigan’s ban on equal marriage as a step on the right side of history.
As the case of DeBoer v. Snyder continues to work its way through our judicial system, it is our hope that future judges will continue to find that the denial of marriage to same-sex couples is a denial of human dignity and a denial of rights under the law. We look forward in hopeful anticipation to the day when we can recognize all faithful and covenantal relationships between any two people regardless of sex, both within the Church and within our society.
The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs Jr.
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland Jr.
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousely
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Rayford Ray
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan