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People of Faith United for Marriage

God is love, and love is for everyone.
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About People of Faith United for Marriage

We are Oregon clergy, religious leaders, religious organizations, and people of many faiths and traditions. We represent religious institutions, organizations, and movements throughout our state.

Our faith traditions and our values have taught us to love God, not to judge, and to treat others the way we would want to be treated. Our values—love, welcoming, justice, commitment, and family—lead us to affirm the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples. We lift our voices in unity to speak a faithful word for freedom and fairness.

We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in an Oregon that supports strong families and values freedom. And we believe that marriage matters. To all Oregonians.

We believe that religious institutions should be free to choose which couples they marry, in accordance with their deeply held beliefs and values. Religious communities—not the government—should have the freedom to decide who can marry within their faith.

God is love, and love is for everyone. In this spirit we raise our voices, united in our support for the freedom to marry.

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Why people of faith support the freedom to marry

Our faith, our traditions, and our values.

Our religious traditions and scriptures teach us to love God, not to judge others, and to treat others as we would want to be treated. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is our human capacity to love one another. The ability of two people to enter into relationships and form families based on love and commitment is one expression of this gift. It is holy and good.

Our values—love, welcoming, justice, commitment, and family—lead us to affirm the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples.

Religious freedom.

Many Oregon faith communities look forward to having the freedom to marry same-sex couples. Allowing the freedom to marry for all Oregonians will give those faith communities who choose to, the freedom to live their beliefs by marrying same-sex couple who love each other and want to take on the responsibilities and commitment of marriage.

Communities of different faiths have the freedom to choose who they will marry. Some faith traditions will choose to marry same-sex couples, while others choose not to. The Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative does not affect religious marriages, religious institutions or clergy in any way. No faith or religion would be forced to marry same-sex couples, or recognize same-sex marriage within the context of their religious beliefs. Religious freedom is protected.

We recognize that there are principled differences on this issue within the religious community. We affirm that the state should not require any religious group to officiate at, or bless, same-sex marriages.

Meet people of faith who support the freedom to marry

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Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana

Descended from a long line of rabbis, Michael Z. Cahana was born in Houston, Texas. He did not know many gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people when he was growing up there but later met several while working in theater. He then met many more before he became an ordained rabbi in 1994. He’s now the senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, the oldest and largest Reform synagogue in Oregon. He lives in Portland with his wife, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, their son, David, and their triplet daughters, Sarit, Liora and Idit. Read more.

Kay Mellenthin and Clark Compton

Kay Mellenthin grew up in Hood River, graduated from the University of Oregon, and is a Christian who regularly attends services and volunteers with the First Congregational Church in Eugene. She’s been married to her husband Clark for 18 years. He is a Vietnam war veteran and a small business owner from a small town in Montana. They have one son and four daughters. When their daughter Kirstin came out as a lesbian, Kay did not know many people who were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. She had not thought deeply about marriage for same-sex couples. But Clark and Kay loved Kirsten as we have always loved their other children. Read more.