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MASON CITY, IA – It’s a decision that’s expected to give new opportunities for many Minnesotans, but some churches in the state are not sure how to handle the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Those in Iowa have already adjusted to the transition that’s set to take effect August 1, in Minnesota.
Leaders at one north Iowa church tell us they’re hoping their transition can serve as an example.
“That’s where we go back to the local church and say ‘Really where ever two or more are gathered in God’s name, let’s figure this out together.’ That’s how we’ve landed here and I would assume and hope that other churches would be doing those same kinds of conversations and figuring what lines does God’s grace have,” said Pastor Patti Aurand of First Congregational United Church of Christ.
For Patti and her church, the choice was made through a number of forums where church members shared their opinions on either side of the matter.
In the end they came to a consensus that they would be open to inviting same-sex marriage as a part of their church.
Patti says this is a discussion every church should have especially when faced with a state government that feels gay couples should be allowed to be married.
“It’s something too that every church needs to discuss and figure out for them. Even within the United Church of Christ where we do have a progressive reputation, we also have a lot of different views even within that family of faith,” said Aurand.