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Seattle Churches Plan Gospel Concert for Marriage Equality

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Six choirs representing different communities of faith around Puget Sound are singing for marriage equality on Sunday, October 14, at 6:30pm at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle.

Several of these choirs have gotten together before, but this concert is to help pass Referendum 74, which would guarantee all couples in Washington the right to marry. “Gospel Music as an African-American art form has always been an avenue for expression and a beacon for hope and change,” says Pastor Darrell Goodwin-Moultry, pastor of Liberation UCC. “Our desire is that the faith community and the city of Seattle will hear the loud and charismatic support for marriage equality and cast a vote for freedom.”

The historic sanctuary will ring out with gospel songs from Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, Liberation UCC Choir, Madrona Grace Presbyterian Choir, St. Luke’s House Band, Amazing Grace Spiritual Center and the Seattle First Baptist Sanctuary Choir.

“Singing and civil rights go hand in hand,” says Vicky Thomas, director of the Seattle First Baptist choir. “Our choir literally cannot keep silent on an issue that directly impacts so many members. Gospel music has an incredible energy that we can direct toward getting people more involved.”

There are no tickets; a free-will offering will be taken to support Washington United for Marriage, sponsor of the event. There is limited free parking. You can learn more about the referendum at the reception after the concert, and you can sign up for phone banks or other volunteer opportunities.

For more information on WA United for Marriage, visit their website at http://www.washingtonunitedformarriage.org.

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