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Occupy love: A same-sex Wedding at Occupy DC | Denominational Updates from First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen

Occupy love: A same-sex Wedding at Occupy DC

By Emily Crockett / Campus Progress

Under a statue of General James McPherson and cloudy skies that occasionally broke into sun, two long-time members of the Occupy DC encampment made their 15-year partnership official on Saturday.

Marina Brown and Laura Potter were the first couple (and, inherently, the first same-sex couple) to be married at Occupy DC.

They tied the knot in front of about 30 people at McPherson Square, which occupiers called home for more than four months before being evicted in February, and which still houses some tents as symbolic protest.
Brown and Potter had been married through a Pagan handfasting ritual for 11 years, so they viewed this ceremony as a renewal of their vows.

Brown and Potter wore headscarves to show solidarity with other faiths, were blessed by leaders of both their Pagan and Unitarian congregations, and the ceremony was officiated by Brian Merritt, a Presbyterian minister.

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2 Responses to “Occupy love: A same-sex Wedding at Occupy DC”

  1. editor March 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Merritt has now officiated at eight same-sex weddings, a practice that has been ruled unconstitutional by the highest court in the PC(USA). One of the marks of a true church, according to John Calvin, is “Proper administration of church discipline.” So, why is he being permitted to continue this practice without being disciplined?

  2. editor March 13, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Mary Naegeli brings some additional facts to this story, and gives an excellent analysis. Definitely worth reading:
    http://wordtolife.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/the-pcusa-has-lost-its-moral-authority/