Setting itself apart, Georgetown church will celebrate same-sex marriages

As dozens of other churches in the District of Columbia are banding together to protest D.C.’s new marriage equality law, which went into effect yesterday, Georgetown’s Dumbarton United Methodist Church has announced that its pastor and all 12 other ordained clergy will recognize and perform ceremonies for same sex couples.

“As a pastor, I am called to extend care and grace to all people even as Jesus did,” Pastor Mary Kay Totty said after all 28 members of the Dumbarton Church Council voted to support same-sex marriage, according to a press release from the church. “We celebrate love and loyalty wherever it is found.”

Specifically, the Council voted “to honor and celebrate the wedding of any couple, licensed in the District of Columbia, who seek to commit their lives to one another in marriage.”

Given the congregation’s history, their support of same-sex marriage is not surprising. The Week explains that in 1987, the oldest Methodist church in D.C. made a point to “publicly welcomed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families into full participation in the life and ministries of the congregation.”

But in the greater context of the Methodist Church, the move is risky. The United Methodist Church does not recognize same-sex marriages, and no other Methodist church in D.C. has promised to do so.

Acknowledging the risk, Totty said that marriage equality is about justice and civil rights.

“We rejoice that at this point in history,” she said. “The arc of justice now bends toward equal recognition of marriage for all couples.”

Via the Georgetown Week

5 Comments on “Setting itself apart, Georgetown church will celebrate same-sex marriages

  1. Good to hear! Thank you, Dumbarton United Methodist Church.

  2. What is a church and why on earth should I give a rat’s ass whether or not it approves of my beloved?

  3. As a Methodist I applaud Pastor Totty. I have always thought of my church as a loving place of worship where God and Jesus Christ are worshiped for their love and kindness not to be worshiped out of fear and used as an oppressor as some denominations twist the words of Christ for their advantage. We must remember that many a good Christian used the very same bible to justify slavery and deny women their rights. These same Christians cherry pick what is good for themselves and others.

  4. My answer to Bill’s provocative question: A church is a community, and it is better to be a couple within a loving community that works for distributive justice-compassion than to be denied full participation in that community simply because of who you are and who you love. I’m proud to be a member of Dumbarton, and invite Bill and his beloved (and others) to sample some of the richness that our community offers to all people of good will.

  5. Pingback: Churches On The Side of Equality | Queer Look at the Bible

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