Clergy divided as Supreme Court takes up gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's clergy are divided as the Supreme Court takes up two cases involving gay marriage.

The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, says his Episcopal diocese performs gay marriages. He has come to believe "that's a good and holy thing for the church to be doing."

The Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, strongly disagrees. He says, "There's no Biblical support for same-sex marriage. As a matter of fact, if it does anything, it's just the opposite."

He says marriage should provide children with a mother and a father, and the Supreme Court should uphold the will of voters who passed California's Proposition 8 and other state bans on gay marriage.

Owens and Hall both plan to be outside the Supreme Court as the arguments are presented inside.

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215-w-28-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with the Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, and the Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors)--The nation's clergy are divided as the Supreme Court takes up two cases involving gay marriage. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (25 Mar 2013)

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216-a-10-(The Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, in AP interview)-"the black family (second reference)"-The Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, says gay marriage deprives a child of either a mother or a father. (25 Mar 2013)

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217-a-11-(The Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, in AP interview)-"have good grounds"-The Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, says voters approved California's Proposition 8 and other state bans on gay marriage. (25 Mar 2013)

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218-a-10-(The Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, in AP interview)-"just the opposite"-The Reverend Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, says Christians who believe the Bible, can't support gay marriage. (25 Mar 2013)

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221-a-11-(The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in AP interview)-"we really feel"-The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, says he stands with other clergy who support gay marriage. (25 Mar 2013)

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220-a-11-(The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in AP interview)-"in another way"-The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, says he believes the Bible can support loving gay relationships. (25 Mar 2013)

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219-a-12-(The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in AP interview)-"to be doing"-The Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, says his denomination supports gay marriage. (25 Mar 2013)

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