Twin Cities Quaker group stops signing marriage certificates in support of gay marriage

by Greta Kaul

            A Twin Cities Quaker congregation will stop signing marriage certificates for heterosexual couples until Minnesota legalizes gay marriage, Minnesota Public Radio said.

            The Twin Cities Friends Meeting is associated with a larger Quaker group that fully supports LGBT equality, the Minnesota Independent said.

            The group will continue to hold both same-sex and heterosexual marriage ceremonies in its meeting house, but heterosexual couples will now have to get certificates signed by a justice of the peace, MPR said.

             Paul Landskroener, a clerk, said that the Twin Cities Friends Meeting has decided that only signing heterosexual marriage certificates when they support same-sex unions to be "unjust and inconsistent with our religious testimony," according to the Minnesota Independent.

             A handful of other Quaker congregations in the United States have also stopped signing heterosexual marriage certificates until their states legalize gay marriage, MPR said.

            Still, more conservative Quaker groups have opposed gay marriage, according to the Minnesota Independent.


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