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Minute Supporting the Legal Recognition
Bridge City Friends Meeting
A Monthly Meeting of The Religious Society Of Friends (Quakers)
Bridge City Friends Meeting, a Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), affirms that marriage is a covenant entered into by two individuals after careful and deliberate consideration.
A government does not create a marriage; it recognizes a commitment made between individuals. When the state recognizes a marriage, it confers privileges and immunities that are not available to those who make the same commitment through other spiritual or civil means.
We affirm our belief that there is that of God within each of us. In seeking to support that of God within each life, we must accept our differences as unique gifts, thereby overcoming fear and opening our hearts to the wisdom and understanding of the teachings of God.
Our constitution preserves the civil and equal rights of all people under its jurisdiction; rights afforded to any should be rights afforded to all. Any governmental act that removes or restricts the rights of any one group is a deliberate attack on the foundation of our society – on our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Likewise, the separation of church and state is integral to the freedoms of our society. We must be wary of walking down the road of exclusion, of asserting our will over others, or of holding our personal beliefs and interpretations of right and wrong as a standard by which all others are judged.
We minute our support of the legal recognition of the union of marriage between two consenting adults and our opposition to any attempt to legally limit such recognition, whether at the local, state, or federal levels.