“The right to marry is for all Americans”

Posted: Jun 26, 2015

Seminary Dean Dr. David Mellott rejoices in today's landmark Supreme Court ruling: "My husband, Rev. Lance Mullins, and I believe that all Americans have something to celebrate today! The Supreme Court has made it clear that the right to marry is for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation. This decision affirms the importance of marriage and its contribution to our common life. In every city, village, and township same-gender loving couples enjoy the same legal protections as heterosexual couples.

"Our government is catching up with what we same-gender loving people have known all along: our relationships are capable of being full of grace, healing, and love. Since long before this country was founded we have been creating families, building homes, and making vows to each other. Today, marriages like ours receive the full protection of the law. Thanks be to God!

"What this decision does not address is that the practice of marriage in our country is broken and needs fixing. The divorce rate, although dropping, remains significant. As a social and political structure marriage has been used to deny the full humanity of women. It has psychologically and materially privileged those who have found a life partner over those who have not. 

"Same-gender loving couples have not worked endlessly simply to participate in the construct of marriage as it is. We have worked hard to claim our right to marry so that we can contribute to society by helping to improve marriage and its value for our common life.

"Equality has prevailed in our land! As we give our deep thanks let us reaffirm our commitment to embodying justice for all."

Rev. Dr. David Mellott, Lancaster Theological Seminary Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Seminary, and Rev. Lance Mullins, co-pastor at Wisdom’s Table at St. Peter’s UCC, partners since 2002, were married in Lancaster in August 2014.