Wingspan’s Why Marriage Matters multi-faith breakfast



Date: Thursday, March 27

Time: 8:30 to 9:45 AM Multi-faith breakfast

Location: Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.

Topic: Why Marriage Matters – what the faith communities can do to share the stories

National, State and regional groups are preparing an educational campaign to ready the public to pass bills for marriage equality in all 50 states in 2016.

On March 27, Southern Arizona’s “Why Marriage Matters” Steering Committee, headed by former state senator Paula Aboud, will be leading a discussion about the potential for the faith community to have an important impact on the success of this campaign. Do you believe that marriage is an important issue for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people? Do you know why? Have you shared this information with your congregation or individual members?

Surveys show that even friends and family members don’t always realize the importance of this issue to people who have been denied this basic right. Other surveys show that faith community leaders have often hesitated to share their own views on marriage. The current campaign is intended to raise the visibility of this issue by sharing personal stories about why this is important for all of us. The goal is to provide voters, political leaders and judges with compelling reasons to support marriage equality for all committed couples. Your congregation can be an integral part of this effort, and we need any stories that your members are willing to share. We also need your input on how best to make this work.

Join us for a Wingspan Multi-Faith Working Group-sponsored breakfast, on Thursday, March 27, 8:30 to 9:45 am in the parish hall at Grace St-Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street. Please let me or another member of the Multi-faith Working Group know whether you and possibly other members of your congregation can attend.

Scott Morris
Wingspan Multi-Faith Working Group


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Over 60 faith-based representatives (priests, rabbis) in attendance at this breakfast this morning, to hear about Why Marriage Matters, and what this freedom to marry initiative for 2016 will be about, how to talk to their congregations about marriage equality.

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