Voters Will Decide Same Sex Marriage Amendment

By: Julie Huck
By: Julie Huck

Two churches in Wausau sit just a block apart, but ask either pastor or minister how they feel about the marriage amendment and you'll get responses that are miles apart.

Plenty of couples have said their 'I Dos' at both these Wausau churches, but the minister at First Universalist Unitarian Church not only blesses heterosexual marriages, his faith also recognizes gay and lesbian unions.

He says couples in same-sex relationships should have the same legal liberties and rights as heterosexual couples.

"Someday I'm confident we'll do marriages for gays and lesbians and bisexuals but we have been doing union ceremonies for decades," says Minister Paul Beckel.

Zion Lutheran Church shares the same street, but not the same view. Their senior pastor recognizes just heterosexual marriages and wants to keep it that way. He fears if the constitution isn't changed it would force his religion to change.

"Many of us do not want to be in the position where we would feel pressure to officiate at a same-sex union," says Rev. Joel Schmalz.

Both faith leaders say they will continue to fight for what they believe is right and will encourage their congregations to go to the polls in November.


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