Faith community voices thoughts on same-sex marriage as they wait for judge's ruling

Any day now, a Michigan judge will reveal his decision on whether to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan.
 
The case came to light when a local lesbian couple Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer filed a lawsuit after being denied the right to adopt each other's children. They later expanded the case to challenge Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
 
In anticipation of the judge's ruling, the Council of Baptist Pastors said it wanted to reaffirm its stance against lifting the ban and allowing same-sex couples to adopt each other's children.

"We are just sticking with the standards that have been set that we believe by God and God's word. Not having all the answers does not legitimize what we feel is an unjust answer or moral answer," says Rev. Lawrence Glass, Jr. He is the president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.

His statements come as the head of the Episcopal Church is southeast Michigan announced he supports same-sex marriage.  Michelle Meech is a priest with the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

"Our call as to who we are as equals needs to expand," she says.
 
"When we were baptized in this church, we said we will respect the dignity of all human beings and love our neighbors as ourselves," says Meech.
 
A ruling from a federal court judge could come by the end of this week.
 
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