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Gay marriage topic of talk at URI

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‘It’s Political, Religious and Personal
(No wonder it’s controversial!)’

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 22, 2004 -- The Rev. Richelle C. Russell, author, speaker, and seminar leader, will share her own uniquely intersecting knowledge of gay marriage, in a candid and witty style at the University of Rhode Island. Her talk, “Gay Marriage: It’s Political, Religious and Personal (No wonder it’s controversial)”, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Galanti Lounge of the URI Library, URI Kingston Campus. The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by URI’s Women’s Studies Department and the Women’s Center.

According to a flyer announcing Russell’s visit:

• Gay marriage is about everything you are not supposed to talk about in polite conversation: religious beliefs and practices, civil rights and public policy, and intimate family relationships.

• America has a uniquely complicated relationship with religion, politics and marriage - one that is not going to end in divorce any time soon.

• Gay marriage could be the most pressing civil and religious issue of our time.

Russell, the former senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Providence, published Rev. Richelle’s Pre-marital Counseling Guide for Clergy and authored Try Straight Guys for Gay Marriage op-ed for The Providence Journal. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Rhode Island Interfaith Council. She lives in Lincoln with her life partner of 15 years, Dr. Paula G. Carmichael.