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Religious Denominations Weigh In on Same-Sex Marriage

As the debate on same-sex marriage is being taken up in States across the nation, three major religious denominations recently made stands of their own on the issue. First, a Presbyterian minister faced trial by a Church tribunal last week for officiating at the marriage ceremony of two women. Meanwhile, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared that members of their congregations with “a homosexual inclination” should be discouraged from making public declarations of their sexual orientations, and be encouraged to live in chastity. Finally, the North Carolina Baptist Convention voted to expel congregations that condone same-sex relationships.

These actions by the Churches are generally in line with the views of most Americans. Two-thirds of American voters prefer defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

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