Emerson holds the Heart in the Park event each year on the weekend before Valentine's Day. Other members of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations hold similar events nationwide.
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But H'Doubler is optimistic that in due time, the state will follow others in legalizing same sex marriage. On Sunday he was among about 90 people who joined east Cobb's Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation for its fourth annual "Heart in the Park" marriage equality event at East Cobb Park.
Georgia is one of 30 states whose constitutions limit marriage to a man and woman. In 2006, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld a 2004 voter approved amendment that bans same sex marriage and civil unions and prohibits the recognition of same sex unions performed in other states.
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"How much longer must I wait, in my home state of Georgia, before gay marriage is legal?" asked the Rev. Jeff Jones, Emerson's senior minister, standing before the crowd that repeated his words. "For far too long, there are those in our community who wish to narrowly define love. We recognize that who a person loves is not limited by religion, race or ethnicity, and is not limited by gender."
EAST COBB Scott H'Doubler of east Cobb will celebrate this Valentine's Day as he always has as a gay man, knowing he doesn't have the same right to marriage as other Georgia residents.
views on homosexuality are shared by Muslims as well (Qur'an 7:80 84).
They then gathered in the shape of a heart, and sang more songs with such lyrics as: "When I breathe in, I breathe in peace; when I breathe out, I breathe out love," and spoke in favor of the belief that marriage laws should be applied to all people regardless of sexual orientation.
I'm not sure what religion the Unitarian Church practices, but ain't a church is correct, homosexuality is seen by Christians as a crime punishable by death (Leviticus 20:13).
"We believe in many of things that these fine people at Emerson believe in," said Jim Kennedy, a member of Pilgrimage United Church of Christ in east Cobb.
"Living in the closet takes a toll; you're not a whole person. You compartmentalize, and it makes life very difficult," he said. "To be able to be open and claim who I am is very healing. I'm a whole person now. I really haven't experienced a lot of difficulty, but it got a whole lot better when I came to Emerson. (shellfish) shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. (Leviticus 11:11) For all you Pork eaters. the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. (Leviticus 11:7)
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"That we are limited by tradition whatever that means is a shame. I'm pregnant and hope to have a place in this world where my daughter can come and be herself, should she come to me and say that's Nike Air Max 95 Color she's transgendered, bisexual, questioning or gay."
"It's one of the most important issues we face today as a society and community," said Arsenault, 28, who lives in Marietta with her husband, Leo, and is six months pregnant.
And if you think that the New Testament somehow magically makes all that barbarism go away, read 1st Timothy or 1st Corinthians for a reminder of its
Since they last gathered a year ago, Jones pointed out, the 18 year policy banning homosexuals from openly serving in the military, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, was repealed. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California's Proposition 8, a voter approved initiative that banned gay marriage in the state. And on Wednesday, Washington state lawmakers approved same sex marriage.
I like this one too. everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him. This state is so backwards anyway but there is hope//Equality for all
For H'Doubler, the journey to living openly as a gay man occurred over the nearly three decades he has lived in metro Atlanta. In that period, the Missouri native lost his partner, Don, to cancer, but was able to find a welcoming home when he joined Emerson several years ago.
Charlotte Arsenault, a recent Harvard Divinity School graduate and a ministerial intern at Emerson, said it was personally important for her to join in Sunday's public display of support for same sex marriage.
It is in fact the very crime that the men of Sodom and Gomorrah were committing and it was so egregious in the eyes of God, that He in His benevolence, annihilated every man, woman, and child by raining down sulfuric fire (Genesis 19).
This year, participants dressed in red to celebrate Valentine's Day began the event by marching around the park behind a rainbow gay pride flag, carrying such signs that read: 'Marriage is a Civil Right,' 'Support Love,' and 'The Right to Love is Inalienable,' while singing to the beat of a drum.
"It's a public witness," said H'Doubler, 54. "It empowers not only our congregation, but hopefully it will empower people in the community who may be struggling with a differently gendered relationship and not feeling supported."
Most of the event's participants were Emerson members, but a small number of participants from outside the church showed up in support.
However, the mood of participants at Sunday's marriage equality event was upbeat.
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