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News from the Hill July 02, 2013 | back to index

Andover Newton applauds Prop 8, DOMA decisions


Dr. Nick Carter, president of Andover Newton Theological School, released the following statement about the June 26 Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 referendum:

"The Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage embody a giant step forward for the GLBTQ communities and for our entire nation. The fundamental principles of equality and dignity for all persons have been too long deferred or denied.

"Our effervescence in this moment must be balanced with sobriety, however. The quest is not over; much work remains and the wrestling for the soul of the nation must continue. As it did in the struggle for abolition, suffrage, civil rights, and the environment, the church must continue to offer the prophetic leadership this country so desperately needs.

"Our challenge is not to separate or denigrate those who love each other, but to bring together and care for those who hate each other.

"Andover Newton, the nation's oldest graduate theological school, is an open and affirming Christian institution. For us Christ's love is not exclusive, but inclusive; not divisive, but reconciling. That's why we have supported same-sex marriage long before doing so was common, and considering the whole of the Christian landscape our view remains radical. We look forward eagerly to the day when we, and others like us, are no longer the exception, but the norm, and no one seeks to put asunder those whom God has brought together."

Andover Newton Theological School, founded in 1807, is the first graduate school of any kind in America. Always an innovator in religious education, Andover Newton is internationally recognized as a leader in interfaith learning.