A Time to Embrace Same Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics
William Stacy Johnson, 2006 (format: Book)
Presents an analysis of the religious, legal and political stakes in the debates over gay marriage, civil unions, and the place of committed gay couples in a democratic society. Johnson lays out different responses from churches, and tests the arguments of each along the way.
A curriculum available for the Institute for Welcoming Resources which includes the All in God’s Family curriculum guide, the book Families Like Mine, the video In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents, and the CD-ROM That’s So Gay: Portraits of Youth with LGBT Parents. This curriculum gives you opportunities to gather with other members of your congregation to pray, to learn, to share, and to work together to transform your lives, your congregation, and your world into a loving place in which God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families can thrive.
American Psychological Association (format: Free Download)
A fact sheet from the American Psychological Association on same-sex marriage.
Abigail Garner, 2004 (format: Book)
Garner, a straight daughter from a gay family, chronicles and articulates the experiences of other adult children of lgbt parents. Includes resource-referral guidance for LGBT families.
Gene Robinson, 2012 (format: Book)
Lovingly and persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument, made by someone who holds the religious text of the Bible to be holy and sacred and the ensuing two millennia of church history to be relevant to the discussion.
True Stories Project, 2005 (format: DVD)
With remarkable honesty, good humor, great music and real heart, Inlaws & Outlaws weaves together true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight to celebrate what we all have in common: we love.
Inlaws & Outlaws tells the true stories of couples and singles — both gay and straight — a collective narrative that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. With remarkable honesty, good humor, great music and real heart, Inlaws & Outlaws weaves together true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight to celebrate what we all have in common: we love.
This documentary film by Drew Emery is not only entertaining but an excellent resource for starting discussions in your congregation around gay and lesbian relationships and equal marriage.
Deidre Good, 2006 (format: Book)
Professor of New Testament at the General Theological Seminary in New York, Good asks: What are Christian family values? Why are there so many interpretations of what Jesus actually taught and said? and Which biblical values should guide our lives?
More Light Presbyterians (format: Free Download)
A brief but thorough study guide on marriage from the More Light Presbyterians including sections on Biblical, theological, and historical considerations.
A multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society, the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing offers a concise review of current sociological, public health and scientific data regarding sexual orientation and gender. It also considers key Scriptural passages in light of contemporary understandings of sexual and gender diversity.
UCC Coalition Publishers (format: Book)
A curriculum designed as a study for youth groups and campus ministries about same-gender marriage. It can be done in one long session, or two shorter sessions.
Judy Rickard, 2011 (format: Book)
Rickard writes of the horrors that thousands of lesbian and gay couples face are detailed in this moving political and personal story of immigration and love. When only one half of a gay couple is an American citizen, immigration struggles are confounded by the fact that the partners cannot legally marry in most parts of the United States. Includes resources that outline which organizations can help and what the challenges and the realities of this situation are.
E.J. Graff, 2004 (format: Book)
A playful and informative study of the institution of wedlock throughout history, Graff’s book looks at the legal, sociological, and anthropological assumptions about money, sex, procreation, tribal affiliation, and the pursuit of personal happiness that underlie the concept of matrimony in Western societies.
John Corvino, 2013 (format: Book)
Blending a philosopher’s precision with a light touch full of humanity and wit, this book addresses the moral and religious arguments against same sex relationships. The author makes a fresh case for moral engagement, recognizing that marriage is more than just a relationship between two individuals. It is also a relationship between those individuals and a larger community and thus ultimately, this is an argument for full inclusion in the moral fabric.
Reconciling Works, 2014 (format: Free Download)
A discussion resource on equal marriage from Reconciling Works, the Lutheran Church’s (ELCA) Welcoming Church Program.