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March 11, 2015
SUBJECT: House Passes Changes to State Marriage License Process
FROM: The Parish Church of St. Jerome – Tulsa
CONTACT: Father Dewayne Messenger – (918) 671-6181
(Tulsa, Oklahoma) – After learning that State legislators in the House passed a bill doing away with county clerks issuing marriage licenses for all marriages, a Tulsa church is willing to work to ensure both gay and straight couples can continue to be married.
Father Dewayne Messenger, pastor at the Parish Church of St. Jerome in Tulsa, called today’s news a “strange turn of events here in Oklahoma.”
The concept that the church has always been in the marriage business is a false one. Messenger points out that, “According to Stephany Coontz, a marriage scholar and the author of the book, ‘Marriage, a History,’ the church once held the belief that if a couple said that they privately agreed to marry, then they were married in the eyes of the church – regardless if those words were said in the company of others, or in the privacy of a haystack.” Messenger said, “If our legislators are going to pass laws based on trying to uphold tradition, they ought to do some research to find out just exactly what the tradition has been, rather than making uneducated and erroneous assumptions.”
“We’re not in favor of this legislation, and if Senator Tom Russ thinks he can stop same-gender marriage by transform marriage in this state I’m afraid he is mistaken. For us, this is not just a faith issue, it is also a justice issue, so we stand ready to help by issuing a religious marriage license to those couples seeking to solemnize their vows – whether they be gay or straight,” Messenger said.
The Parish Church of St. Jerome is an all-inclusive parish with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. Gay marriages, while previously not sanctioned by the state, are performed at St. Jerome. The parish does not discriminate, but rather offers the Sacrament of Marriage to straight and gay couples alike.
Father Messenger is legally married to his same-gender spouse who is a retired US Air Force Colonel.
The Parish Church of St. Jerome was founded in 1995 to ensure that ALL PEOPLE regardless of gender, marital status, disability, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or age, are embraced and affirmed as full members of Christ's Church.
Father Messenger is available for interviews.
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