Marriage Equality

The Position of the United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ is perhaps the only Christian denomination to directly support marriage equality (The Unitarian Universalist Association has also done so). In 2005, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution stating in part:

?The United Church of Christ affirms equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender and declares that the government should not interfere with couples regardless of gender who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of legally recognized marriage.?

First Church?s Support of Marriage Equality

First Church supports the fundamental right of each person to marry the person they love, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), or heterosexual. This position is a natural outgrowth of our Open and Affirming Statement.

A Wedding Ceremony.Our church community includes many LGBT families, couples, and individuals. They are a vital part of our church, as members and also serving as deacons, council members, ministry team leaders, and ministers. We stood in solidarity with all members of our community in opposing Proposition 8, which would single out LGBT individuals for unfair treatment based on their sexual orientation. The California Constitution protects everyone equally?it protects the fundamental rights of every citizen. The freedom of LGBT couples to marry is about fairness and equality.

Want to Get Married?

First Congregational Church of Berkeley welcomes all couples who wish to marry, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or heterosexual. Our ministers have performed many weddings for same-gender couples over the past decade and will continue to do so whether they are deemed legal by the state or not.

Please contact the church office at 510/848-3696 or for more information and to set up a meeting with one of our ministers.