|Gay Straight Alliance History and update
By Marcia Winter
Many have asked just who is the Gay Straight Alliance at Mary Taylor, why we are and what we’re doing. So, over the next few months we will be revisiting the issues of
inclusivity at Mary Taylor Church and the issues that confront Mary Taylor and the global United Methodist Church.
To begin: Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church Gay/Straight Alliance was formed in March 2004 with the goal of letting people know that Mary Taylor is a church
where everyone is welcome! Churches that are welcoming call themselves any one or a combination of the following: Inclusive, welcoming, open and affirming or
reconciling. All descriptions mentioned are positive and meaningful to those who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning and allies -straight people who
support GLBTQ individuals in our community.
Mary Taylor is also a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) and pay yearly dues. RMN is a national network of United Methodists advocating for the full
inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identifies into the life of the church. Founded in 1984, RMN consists of 195 UM congregations, 25 campus
ministries, and 20 reconciling communities and over 18,000 individuals.
You have heard about the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Defense of Marriage Act. I’d like to explain why this was such a crucial issue to the gay
What difference does it make?
Civil Unions - Civil unions are a legal status created solely for same-sex couples. While they provide important legal protection to couples at the state level, they do not
protect residents why they leave the state. They omit federal protections as well as the dignity, clarity and power of the word “marriage.”
Marriage - Marriage is more than a collection of legal rights; it tells the community that two people love each other and are a family. Since everyone understands and
respects this, it makes being married something important, something we aspire to, and something that protects us in daily life as well as times of crisis. No other word
has that power or can provide that protection.
No access to over 1000 federal protections that deal with the benefits and protections linked to marriage, 90 including social security, that civil unions do not confer. Now,
with the recent Supreme Court decision all couples ONLY is state where gay marriage is currently legal; all federal protections will be allowed for ALL married couples,
regardless of sexual orientation.
However, same -sex couples still face the issues of being unable to move or travel to a state where same-sex unions are illegal. Male-female marriages don’t have to
worry about HIPPA laws, parent/guardianship rights, etc. when going on a vacation or moving to another state; but a same sex union does.
Harmful impact on children: thousands of CT children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents. These children understand the meaning and importance of
marriage. Why should those children be made to feel that their family is not as good or respects as their best friend’s family across the street?
Even if there were not the significant inequities in the way the law treats marriages and civil unions, the fact that t a civil union remains a separate status for gay people
represents real and powerful discrimination. Our constitution requires legal equality for all. Including same- sex couples within existing marriage laws is the fairest and
simplest way to provide both the respect and protections that every citizen deserves. (excerpted from www.Love Makes a Family.org)
Mary Taylor’s GSA will continue having cottage meetings throughout the fall to discuss issues and what Mary Taylor’s involvement in these issues will be. If you have any
questions, please contact me or a member of our GSA. -
Marcia Winter (chair) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Bak Judy and Dennis Darak Maryann Petremont Kaylyn Bettencourt
Kelly O’Hara Tom Griggs Don Hastings Hal and Jane Vink
Missy Hackett Eileen Doyle Karen Keane
|Friends of Lesbians and Gays
PFLAG Greater New Haven/Shoreline
Help Line: (202-453-1395)
|Gay Straight Alliances
those responsible for the health, education, and
well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Intersex Youth and Families.
Or Online: www.ourtruecolors.org
Is Fairfield County's support group for LGBT
youth, ages 16-22. The group meets every
Sunday, from 4 to 6 P.M., at the Triangle
Community Center, 16 River Street, Norwalk.
For further information call Dan at 203-227-1755.
A weekly support and social group for LGBTQI youth
ages 16-21. Meetings are Tuesday evenings from 5:30
to 7:30 P.M. at the New Haven Gay and Lesbian
Community Center, 50 Fitch Street, New Haven.
For information, please contact the Community Center
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