Bishop Who Will Preach at the Royal Wedding Is a Strong Supporter of LGBTQ Equal TreatmentBy Adam Polaski • May 15, 2018 • 11:51 am
On Saturday, May 19, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at Windsor Castle in England – and presiding before the ceremony will be the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Rev. Curry made history as the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States. He is also a strong supporter of equal treatment for LGBTQ Americans.
He made headlines in 2017 when he served as the lead signer of a “friend-of-the-court” brief in Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County Schools, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court centered on dignity for transgender students. More than 1,800 clergy and religious leaders representing every single state signed onto a brief making the religious case for transgender-inclusive non-discrimination protections. The signers include more than 95 national religious leaders, including the leaders of the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Metropolitan Community Church, the Alliance of Baptists, Muslims for Progressive Values, and Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist Judaism. The presidents of six seminaries and the leaders of 49 religious organizations also signed the brief.
Upon submission of the brief, Rev. Curry said:
“The book of Genesis declares that every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. This divine decree proclaims the inherent sacredness, dignity, worth, and equality of every human person. The way of love for God and our neighbor that Jesus taught is the way to honor the sacredness, dignity, worth and equality of each person. For this reason, we work for the equality and dignity of transgender people, who, like the rest of us, are created in God’s image and likeness.”
Freedom for All Americans helped to recruit signers in a brief featuring more than 1,800 clergy and religious leaders belonging to approximately 50 unique religious traditions and geographically representing all 50 states. FFAA contributed to the brief alongside Religious Institute and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Read more about the faith brief, and Read the Brief.
Rev. Curry was also outspoken in support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 2015.
It’s great to see a strong supporter of LGBTQ equal treatment take a prominent role in a ceremony that will be watched by millions. We thank Rev. Curry for his strong support and for illustrating that many faith leaders support LGBTQ equal treatment because of their faith, not in spite of it.
Learn more about the wide variety of faith leaders and clergy who support LGBTQ equal treatment via Freedom for All Americans’ Faith Voices Against LGBTQ Discrimination hub.