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Local religious leaders share mixed feelings on gay marriage ban

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"Our Bible - our word - declares our moral right to stand for what's right."

Speaking out in opposition of same-sex marriage and adoption, Reverend Lawrence Glass, president of the Council of Baptist Pastors represents more than 100 churches within the metropolitan Detroit area.

"I can't condone behavior that is clear, speaking against what we understand the traditional interpretation of scriptures to be," Rev. Glass says.

But the Bible clearly speaks to different faiths in different ways.

"This is a dignity issue. This is loving thy neighbor as thyself but it's going a step beyond that because it's about ensuring that we're all equal." Michelle Meech is a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

The bishop there, Reverend Wendell Gibbs, just issued a statement about the decision pending in federal court regarding same sex marriage and adoption:

"Justice has been elusive in too many segments of our society. Often, those "in power" who make declarations about what is just seem unable to set aside their personal biases in the interest of impartiality. The result: segregation, dehumanization and irrational fear that promotes bullying and other forms of violence.

Despite opposition from various forces, support for marriage equality is growing. In fact, it is growing across all segments of our society. Support is not determined by age, ethnicity, sexuality or even religious beliefs. Rather, growing support is arising out of an emergent desire for true justice for all.

In my opinion, picking and choosing whose rights should be protected or which civil rights the church will support is neither American "justice for all" nor supported by the God of salvation history.

I stand in support of marriage equality and pray that our justice system will work to break down the walls of segregation, promote the humanity of all and calm our irrational fears.."

If Judge Friedman finds the ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and doesn't issue a stay, that means weddings could start immediately.

Clergy are ready to help people say, 'I do.'

"It's a very emotional thing for people to be recognized for the love that they have and for who they are," says Meech.

If the judge overturns the ban it's likely he would issue a stay on gay marriages pending appeal.

A decision is expected late this week or early next.

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