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Faith and community leaders stand up for marriage equality

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Local faith and community leaders are standing up for marriage equality by supporting the proposed Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment.

Pastor Mike Underhill of the Nexus United Church of Christ in Butler County said the UCC was the first major Christian denomination to support marriage equality.

"All people have the right to lead lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent and pleasure," Pastor Underhill said.

Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp of Temple Sholom said the U.S. Constitution safeguards liberties and prohibits discrimination.

"Our faith in God and in humanity can only be realized by taking action against injustice and pursuing equal rights and treatment for one another," Rabbit Terlinchamp said.

Mike Moroski, who was recently fired by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati from his teaching job at Purcell Marian for supporting LGBT rights, said, "I'm elated to stand here today with these wonderful faith leaders, who truly, deeply, and spiritually believe that two people who love one another deserve the right to be married."

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