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Friday, June 26, 2015

Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

CINCINNATI, OH – On the eve of Cincinnati’s annual Pride Parade and Festival, the congregation of Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church (MAPC) celebrates the ruling by the United States Supreme Court validating marriage equality.

Speaking for the congregation, Rev. Barbara Tesorero, MAPC interim minister, said: “The decision by the Supreme Court recognizes all persons are endowed by their creator to certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Marriage is part of those rights and no longer reserved for few, but for everyone. It is a great day for our LGBT brothers and sisters who want to be joined in love legally by our government and spiritually within our Church.”

As the only More Light Presbyterian Church in the region, MAPC has been a leader and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality for more than thirty years.

In 1991, the session of MAPC passed a policy that supported the ordination of all qualified persons, regardless of sexual orientation, in leadership positions of the church, including deacons, elders, and ministers. This was contrary to church policy, which was not changed until 2011. MAPC worked with other progressive Presbyterian organizations, such as More Light Presbyterians, Covenant Network, and That All May Freely Serve, to help advance this policy change.

In 2004, MAPC instituted a covenant policy to celebrate the union of persons equally. It rejected its role as a vehicle or witness for the state in providing a marriage license, since it was unavailable to LBGT persons. “It was against MAPC’s principles to provide a marriage service for heterosexuals and offer something less for its LGBT members,” said Tesorero.

MAPC worked faithfully with others in the denomination and Cincinnati Presbytery to support changes in church policy for marriage. The denomination in March this year changed its policy to allow same gender marriages.

About Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church

Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church is well-known in the Greater Cincinnati area for its long history of social justice work, progressive theology, and inclusive ministry. MAPC welcomes all persons to membership and leadership, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. Its 150 members represent a diversity of persons, including young and old, families and single persons, lifelong Presbyterians and those who are new to the denomination, different ethnic backgrounds, and those who come from many neighborhoods and worldly conditions. Mt. Auburn has a communion table open to all people and robust programs of worship, education, music, and art.

Located in a beautiful historic building at the corner of Auburn Avenue and William Howard Taft Road near the University of Cincinnati, the church attracts members from every corner of the Tri-state region. MAPC is a Christian community where members are united in a perspective self-described as “faith exposed to reason and reason enlarged by faith.”

For more information about Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church, visit

Rev. Barbara Tesorero, MAPC interim minister
(513) 515-4288

Van Ackerman
(513) 477-8856

103 William Howard Taft Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
(513) 281-5945