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Former Miss California, Now A Minister, Supports Marriage Equality

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Miss California 2003, Nicole Lamarche, currently serves as minister at Cotuit Federated Church in Cotuit, Massachusetts. Rev. Lamarche takes issue with the current California state titleholder, Carrie Prejean, who condemned same-sex marriage during a broadcast of the 2009 Miss USA pageant in April.

“I am often asked to interpret what the Word of God has to say on a particular subject,” Rev. Lamarche says. “I am quite confident that God prefers that we human beings stick to speaking for ourselves.

“[Prejean] said, ‘It’s not about being politically correct, it’s about being biblically correct,’” Rev. Lamarche wrote in a statement to the press. ? “While this sentiment is shared by many who seek to condemn gay people and gay marriage, citing pieces of the Bible to further one’s own prejudice fails to meet the Bible on its own terms….”

“The truth is that it is difficult to know for sure the intentions of the biblical authors, but we do know something about God…. As we continue to seek God’s vision for us as a nation grounded in a love for justice, I pray that we might move closer to the cause of grace.” – by Nancy Ford

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