Church takes on hot-button issue
January 28, 2006
By Eileen M. Carlton
The congregations of St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville and Clarendon Presbyterian Church in Arlington differ in many ways.
But both congregations are united in their belief that the nature of marriage is changing and that the Christian approach to these changes should be one of tolerance and enlightenment.
The pastor of the Clarendon Presbyterian congregation, the Rev. David Ensign, made headlines last November by renouncing his state authority to marry couples, heterosexual or same sex, as a protest against Virginia laws banning same-sex marriage.
The pastor of St. James UCC, the Rev. Don Prange, supported his congregation’s suggestion to bring Ensign to Loudoun to be the keynote speaker at a forum discussing his decision and marriage in general.