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COLLEGE STATION, Texas—June 26, 2015—Friends Congregational Church celebrates marriage equality across the United States.
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of marriage equality in its landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This sweeping decision allows our LGBT brothers and sisters the same freedom to marry that our heterosexual brothers and sisters have enjoyed for years.
At Friends Congregational Church, we are pleased to celebrate this new freedom with our community. As an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, the first Christian denomination to support gender equality in marriage, we welcome our LGBT brothers and sisters with open arms—inspired by the extravagant welcome that God gives to all people.
We are a progressive Christian church, with a vision of offering God’s extravagant welcome to all.
Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon, Pastor of Friends Congregational Church, said, “Upon this momentous decision made by SCOTUS, our congregation at Friends Church celebrates with the entire United Church of Christ and all communities of faith who support love and the covenant of marriage between two people regardless of gender. While our congregation voted to support marriage equality in 2005, and while we have been officiating marriage ceremonies between same-gender couples since then, we are overjoyed to now celebrate this sacred covenant with the affirmation of the highest court in our land.”
About Friends Congregational Church
Friends Congregational Church was established in 1977 and is a part of the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination. For more information about Friends Church, please visit www.friends-ucc.org.