Pastor to read proclamation on gay marriage at City Council meeting

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Rev. Jim CastroLang
Rev. Jim CastroLang

Today outside of City Hall, the Rev. Jim CastroLang will read a proclamation from local clergy supporting gay marriage.

“Today, I stand with 18 area religious leaders along with citizens and elected officials from the many neighborhoods of our city, who say to the Spokane City Council: vote yes for the Marriage Equality Resolution”, CastroLang said in a press release.

The proclamation will be read at the March for Marriage Equality, which begins at Westminster United Church of Christ at 5 p.m. and concludes at City Hall at 5:45 p.m.

The Inland Northwest Clergy for Inclusion is a new and growing group of religious leaders who will not rest until lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are greeted with full inclusion in all aspects of church and society, according to the release.

Pastor Deb Conklin from the Oak Tree Ministry says, “The Bible has been used as a weapon against LGBT people but the truth is the Bible is a book about God's Love and it affirms all faithful loving relationships — no exceptions. Marriage equality will allow more people to live in freedom, safety and to make commitments of love as God intended.”

Representatives of The Inland Northwest Clergy for Inclusion will testify at the council meeting.

Read the full proclamation here.

Jim CastroLang is a SpokaneFAVS contributor.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

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  1. Way to go Jim!!!

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