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In 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marriage in the State of Iowa. In April of that year, a column in the New York Times explained why that should not have surprised anyone. He was biracial; his mother was white and his father was black. In 1958 it was against the law for them to be married in Nebraska, so they were married in Iowa.
Sunday, January 18, 2015 we had a great meeting to talk about the future of our building. Mike Thompson, an architect with Alley Poyner Macchietto, led our discussion. The Session contracted with this firm to hear our needs and hopes and to suggest a design (or designs) for our facility in the future.
I mentioned to some of the members of our Church that I had spoken at my mother's funeral; you encouraged me to post here what I said. My brothers Don and Dan agreed that I should speak on behalf of all of us; below is what I said. The service was at the Presbyterian Church of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: my parents were married there; Don and I were baptized there; all three of us were confirmed there; I was ordained there; both my parents' funerals were there. All three of us have remained very active in the Church of Jesus Christ, I as a pastor and my brothers as deeply committed church members.