Rev. Rod Richards, minister of the UU Church of Southeast Arizona, said regaining the religious ground from Christian conservatives isn't easy, particularly in conservative areas such as Sierra Vista , where his church is based.
"The evangelicals, the religious right, are pretty strong here.There are tons of Christian stations on the radio," Richards
said. So when Richards wrote a letter to the editor (PDF) of the local newspaper ridiculing the logic of banning same-sex marriages-and relating his experiences as a minister counseling married couples in difficult times-he was surprised by the positive reception it received.
"Protecting the sanctity of marriage by banning gay marriage?Oh please!That's like supporting a constitutional amendment in 1920 banning women from voting to protect the sanctity of elections," Richards
wrote in his
"I got published and I got some very good feedback," Richards