cheers 'gay' church after 'Marriage Week'
to please family advocates, homosexuals baffle both groups
Posted: November 12, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern
Not long after he endorsed "Marriage Protection Week,"
President Bush sent a letter of congratulations to a denomination
founded by homosexual activists that performs more than 6,000 same-sex
"weddings" each year.
president wrote to the founding congregation in Los Angeles of the
Metropolitan Community Churches, led by leading homosexual activist
Rev. Troy D. Perry, on the occasion of its 35th anniversary.
Troy Perry, left, and partner Phillip De Blieck were granted a marriage
license in Toronto in July (Photo: Toronto Star)
encouraging the celebration of faith and sharing of God's love and
boundless mercy, churches like yours put hope in people's hearts
and a sense of purpose in their lives," Bush said in his Oct.
14 missive. "This milestone provides an opportunity to reflect
on your years of service and to rejoice in God's faithfulness to
prior to sending that letter, however, Bush issued a proclamation
endorsing an effort to defend the traditional family in response
to an increasingly powerful homosexual lobby intent on establishing
a right to same-sex "marriage."
president wrote in his proclamation, "Marriage is a sacred
institution, and its protection is essential to the continued strength
of our society.
Marriage Protection Week provides an opportunity to focus our efforts
on Preserving the sanctity of marriage and on building strong and
healthy marriages in America."
Bush at forum yesterday in Greer, S.C. (White House photo) The president
further stated: "Marriage is a union between a man and a woman.
Protection Week was promoted by groups such as the Southern Baptist
Convention, Focus on the Family and the American Family Association.
The Metropolitan Community Churches' Perry said he was alarmed at
Bush was wrong in his endorsement of a week dedicated to denying
equal rights to gays and lesbians," he said, according to the
website 365gay.com. "And while we appreciate the sentiments
he expressed on MCC's anniversary, the president has sent a very
mixed message that makes his effusive praise of MCC's 35th anniversary
all the more puzzling."
WorldNetDaily reported, Perry is challenging U.S. courts to recognize
his same-sex "marriage," which was granted in Ontario
in July after a provincial court ruled Canada's ban is unconstitutional.
He has launched a campaign to ensure the bond is recognized in his
don't care what the U.S. government says. My partner, Phillip, and
I are legally married under Canadian law," Perry said after
his ceremony. "We've put our nation on notice: We're coming
home and we are legally married," he added.
Troy Perry, left, and Rev. Neil Thomas with letter from President
Bush (Photo: 365gay.com)
who says he and his partner are "missionaries for marriage
equality," is encouraging thousands of same-sex couples to
follow their lead and head to Canada.
president's marriage proclamation also was rebuked by the leading
homosexual-advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign.
is reprehensible for a president who claims to be compassionate
to pander to a coalition of extremist groups by joining their assault
on gay families," said Elizabeth Birch, HRC's executive director.
American people want to see politicians in Washington concentrating
on the real threats to our families an unstable economy, high unemployment
rates and uncertainty in Iraq not guaranteeing that same-sex couples
are left without more than 1,000 rights, responsibilities and protections
under federal law."
Neil Thomas, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Los
Angeles, said the president's letter baffled him.
does one denounce the right of gays and lesbians to marry in their
churches and suggest they are incapable of having healthy marriages
in one moment, and in the next rejoice in God's faithfulness to
a gay and lesbian congregation that performs such same-sex marriages?"
Vitagliano, spokesman for the American Family Association, had the
same question. I'm disappointed, because this is politics as usual,"
he told WorldNetDaily.
is speaking out of both sides of your mouth. This is playing to
two groups at the same time who are really after two different things
who uphold two completely different worldviews."
said he understands the pressure President Bush is under, recognizing
he has to be the president for everybody, but believes he could
fulfill his responsibilities without sanctioning a church like Perry's.
MCC is evidence of a growing apostasy within Christianity and our
culture and Western civilization, and to applaud what is essentially
an apostate denomination is disappointing from a Christian standpoint,"
may be something we would expect from a politician," Vitagliano
added, "but I guess there were some of us who would hope the
president was not simply a politician."
White House did not respond to calls from WND seeking comment.