Tuesday, February 10, 2009


This article was sent to me by one of my old friends from back East, David Runnion-Bareford of the Association for Church Renewal. David and I earned our D.Min. together at Gordon-Conwell. David is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is a wonderful evangelical.

The case was known as "Goodridge vs. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Filed by Hillary Goodridge, Funding Director for the Unitarian-Universalist Church and her partner Julie, the case opened the door for a nationwide assault on the sanctity of marriage. On May 17, 2004, the first day "same-sex marriage" was legal in Massachusetts the Goodridges were joined in a ceremony at the Unitarian-Universalist denominational headquarters in Boston by UUA President, William Sinkford.

By July, 2006 Hillary and Julie were separated. Last week they filed for divorce. Goodridge is a name they created for themselves, belonging to neither of them before coming together. They share custody of a 12 year old daughter.

The case which created the marriage crisis in California was brought by Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches.