94 New Mexico “Religious leaders” of the Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian and other Denominations sign statement in support of gay marriage



Headline in the Albuquerque Journal today: Clergy Show gay marriage support.Nearly 100 New Mexico religious leaders signed the statement which was organized by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico.

What does Religious mean?

What does the Word of God say?

Marriage is more significant than you may have thought.

Marriage was designed by God and defined by God.

Marriage is at the center of God’s purpose for mankind.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Some of the church has turned marriage into a civil rights issue, for some it is not a God issue any longer.

God joined a man and a women together so that together they would mirror His image.

He called this union marriage.

Their oneness reflects the character and unity of God. Matt 19: 4-6 John 17: 22-23

Their oneness is a living picture of this intimate relationship between Jesus Christ and His followers. Eph 5: 22-33

Sadly there is now some of the church that no longer Preaches that.

They no longer believe in the Full Gospel.

11 states now have legalized same-sex marriage.

So goes the church, so goes the country.

94 New mexico religious “leaders” signed a statement “recognizing the love and commitment of lesbian and gay couples through marriage.”

The list of clergy who signed the statement included leaders of Jewish, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian and other denominations across New Mexico.

The Journal quoted Rev. Rhonda Smith McIntire, rector of San Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church of Corrales saying, “Marriage for others should not be my decision  it should be their decision because I respect their dignity and I want them to have that choice.”

I agree that marriage of others should not be my decision, yes, it should be God’s decision and His Word. God brings men and women together to the Holiness and purity of marriage.

To view the statement and list of clergy that signed the statement in support of gay marriage go to www.aclu-nm.org  and link to “New Mexico faith leaders Announce Support for marriage for same Sex Couples.


Thanks to Shona Neff for the following info:

Interfaith Religious Leaders in New Mexico Supporting the Freedom to Marry

If you are a faith leader in New Mexico and would like to add your name to the growing list of supporters, please contact Field Organizer Amanda Johnson at ajohnson@aclu-nm.org or call (505) 266-5915 x1013.

The Rev. Brian C. Taylor, Rector, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Albuquerque

Philip L. Wangberg, Pastor, All Saints Lutheran Church, Albuquerque

Rev. Joe Morris, New Covenant United Methodist, Farmington

Rev. David Cameron, Pastor, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

The Rev. Geri Cunningham, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Carlsbad

Rev. Bert Scott, D. Min, United Methodist Clergy, Retired

Fr. James J. Lehman, Pastor, Holy Family Ecumenical Catholic Church, Las Cruces

Rev. Pedro Ramos-Goycolea, Iglesia Congregacional Unida UCC, Albuquerque

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., Founding Abbot Upaya Zen Center

The Rev. Patricia L. Holman, St. Paul Lutheran Church (ELCA), Albuquerque

Rt. Rev. Rusty Smith, CSB, Bishop of the Evangelical Anglican Church

Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas Arrowsmith-Lowe, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Alamagordo

Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld, Albuquerque

Rev. Dr. Ute S. Molitor, Interim Minister, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Albuquerque

The Rev. Rhonda Smith McIntire, Rector, San Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church, Corrales

Rabbi Arthur Flicker, Congregation B’nai Israel, Albuquerque

Rev. Linda Mervine, First Christian Church, Las Cruces

Rev. Sue Joiner, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Albuquerque

Rev. Vangie Chavez, Rising Sun Ministries

Rev. Kenneth Cuthbertson, PhD, Member-at-large, Santa Fe Presbytery (PCUSA)

Rev. Seth Finch, Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

Sr. Michele Gothro n/OFR.

Rabbi Deborah J. Brin, Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Albuquerque

Anne Morawski, Campus Pastor, Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNM and CNM, Albuquerque

Marcia Rose, Founding-Guiding Teacher and minister of The Mountain Hermitage Buddhist Retreat Center, Taos

Rev. Mark Denton, Pastor, Albuquerque

Rabbi Malka Drucker, HaMakom, Santa Fe

Rev. Dr. Frank Yates, Pastor, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

Rev. Wayne Mell, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Taos

Rev. Judith l. Maynard, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque

Rev. Dr. Bobbie G McGarey, New Life Presbyterian, Albuquerque

Grove Burnett, Dharma Teacher, Santa Fe

Rev. Trey Hammond, Pastor, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

Fr. Mark Sutton, Pastor, Ecumenical Catholic Communion, St. Mary Magdalene

Rev. Dr. Robert B. Woodruff, Second Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

Rev. Lynette Curley-Roam, MSW, LISW, Visitation House Healing Center; EACA retired

Rev. Judith Wellington, Albuquerque

Rev. James M Collie, Presbytery of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Dr. Don Childers, Pastor, First Christian Church, Santa Fe

Valerie Roth, Community Dharma Leader, Albuquerque

Rev. Harry Eberts III, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe

Rabbi Marvin Schwab, Temple Beth Shalom, Member Congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism

Rev. Sharon S. Littrell, Ph.D., Pastor, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Rio Rancho

The Rev. Canon Carole McGowan, Rector, St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church and Canterbury Campus Ministry Chaplain

Rev. Kylie Renner, Spiritual Leader, Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living

Rev. Paul Debenport, Pastor, First Presbyterian, Albuquerque, Retired

Rev. Stephen Phinney, Parish Minister, Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation, Rio Rancho

Rev. Andrew Groves, Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living

Rabbi Lawrence P. Karol, Las CrucesThe Rev. Rick Green, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Alamogordo

Rev. Dr. Michael R. Lohmann, Interim Senior Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces

Rev. Daléne Fuller Rogers, Interim Associate Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces

Rev. Gail Lindsay Marriner, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe

Rev. Jan Gough, Presbytery of Santa Fe, (PCUSA), Medanales

Rev. Drew Henry, Pastor, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Placitas

Rev. Paul R. Miller, Honorably Retired Presbyterian Minister, Sierra Blanca Presbytery

Nancy J. Anderson, Minister Emerita, Unitarian Universalist Church, Las Cruces

Carol Tuck, United Methodist clergy, retired

Rev. Carole Czujko, U.U. Church of Las Cruces

Rev. Joe Whitley, Las Cruces

Rev. Dr. Barbara Dua, Presbytery of Santa Fe, (PCUSA)

Rev. Dean H. Lewis, Honorably Retired, Presbytery of Santa Fe, Medanales

Rev. Bonnie L. Smith, Organ Mountain Institute for Spiritual Growth, Las Cruces

Rev. Brandon Johnson, United Church of Santa Fe

Community Dharma Leader Kathryn Turnipseed, Albuquerque

Rev. Talitha Arnold, United Church of Santa Fe

Rev. Theodore Cooley, Retired, Disciples of Christ

Rev. Brian H. O. A. McHugh, Episcopal priest (ret), assisting, Good Shepherd, Silver City

Rev. Lee Albertson, Albuquerque

Rev. Craig C. Cockrell, Senior Pastor, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Albuquerque

Bethany K. Carpenter, Zia United Methodist, Santa Fe

The Rev. Benjamin Larzelere III, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Retired

The Rev. Dr. James Leehan, Retired Episcopal Priest, Santa Fe

The Rev. William E. Hershey, ELCA, Retired

Rev. William D. Ingraham, Senior Pastor, Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ, Albuquerque

Rev. Terry Lund, Las Cruces

Rev. Sam Ritchey, Wellspring, Las Cruces

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, Southwest Conference Minister, United Church of Christ

The Rev. Howard D. Corry, retired Lutheran pastor, Taos

The Rev. Dr. Richard W. Murphy, retired Episcopal priest, Santa Fe

The Rev. W. D. Lackey, ThD. PC(USA) Retired

Rev. Ryan Arnold, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ruidoso

Steve Wiard, Pastor, El Pueblito United Methodist Church, Taos

Rev. David Wilson Rogers, Pastor, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Carlsbad

The Rev. Kathryn A. Schlechter, MFT, Intentional Interim Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Fe

Rev. Tony Chambless, First Presbyterian Church, Ruidoso

The Rev. Elizabeth McMaster, retired, Unitarian Universalist

Brian Joshin Byrnes, Upaya Zen Center

The Rev. Patricia Halverson, ELCA, retired, Las Vegas

Rev. Betsy Bueschel, Retired, United Church of Christ, Santa Fe

Rev. Mary Harris, Minister, Los Altos Christian Church, Disciples of Christ

Rev. John A. Cullinan, Unitarian Universalist minister, Los Alamos

Rev. Kim Fields-Haley, West Mesa Christian Church, Albuquerque

The Rev. Dr. Wallace Ford, retired

The Rev. Suzanne Redfern-Campbell, Unitarian Universalist Intentional Interim Minister, Albuquerque

Rev. Anita Amstutz, Pastor of Albuquerque Mennonite Church

Rev. Stephanie Harmon, United Methodist Church, Ruidoso

The Rev. Geri Cunningham, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Carlsbad

Rev Mary Tyler Browne, retired, Albuquerque

The Rev. Rick Green, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Alamogordo

Rev Mary Tyler Browne, retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Gayle Dillon, Spiritual Leader, Everyday Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Fe

The Rev. Dr. Martha Blacklock, Episcopal Church, retired,  Silver City


  1. How extremely horrific that church’s are doing this. Neither church’s, governments or individuals hold the authority to change GOD’S plan. I pray and fear for these church’s future; they are on an Un-GODLY path and they will be held accountable on judgement day!!!
    rick stambaugh

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