By Derrick DePledge
The congregation at Central Union Church, one of Honolulu's iconic churches, has voted to open church facilities to gay weddings.
The congregation held a special meeting on Jan. 12 to decide the issue. The vote was 149 to 63.
Here is the resolution:
WHEREAS, for over thirty years our United Church of Christ, gathered as the General Synod, has adopted resolutions affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons by calling for an end to discrimination towards LGBT persons and "welcoming them and encouraging their participation in every aspect of the mission and ministry of the church;" and
WHEREAS, on July 4, 2005, the Twenty-fifth General Synod passed the resolution entitled "In Support of Equal Marriage Rights for All" citing the life and example of Jesus of Nazareth as a model of radically inclusive love and abundant welcome for all and affirming "equal marriage rights for people regardless of gender" and urged local church congregations "to consider adopting Wedding Policies that do not discriminate against couples based on gender;" and
WHEREAS, as members of Central Union Church, We believe in the sacredness of baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, and funerary;
We believe these life events are personal and private matters of faith;
We believe each of these revelations reflect a personal decision between a person and his or her god; and
WHEREAS, we affirm Central Union Church's openness to all God's children because "Love Never Faileth"; NOW THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED, that from this date forward, Central Union Church's facilities shall be open to both opposite and same sex wedding ceremonies.