Gay Marriage Gives Pause to Calif. Faithful

Conservatives voice opposition; other sects ponder next steps
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 6:32 PM CDT
Gay Marriage Gives Pause to Calif. Faithful
In this 2008 file photo actress Portia de Rossi, left, and television personality Ellen DeGeneres arrive at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2008, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Weeks, FILE)

Across California, congregations of all faiths are adjusting to last week's ruling allowing same-sex marriages—even as they attempt to reconcile state laws with those of their religions, the Los Angeles Times reports. Many churches and synagogues are working to fit the ruling into their offerings; others see a direct conflict with their teachings.

"We're celebrating it on the one hand," said the president of a Berkeley seminary. "On the other hand, though, this sets us up for another round of the culture wars. As a straight, married man, I feel for my gay friends whose private life is once again going to be the subject of public debate." (Read more gay marriage stories.)

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