Congregations grapple with arrival of gay marriage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Whether they embrace the concept or oppose it, religious groups are grappling with the arrival Monday of legal same-sex marriages in California.

Churches willing to host same-sex marriages are rewriting wedding vows and marriage pamphlets, replacing "bride" and "groom" with non-gender-specific words. At Sierra Arden United Church of Christ in Sacramento, "bridal party" is now "wedding party" in church brochures.

"We want everyone to feel welcome," said Pam Engle, office manager.

Not all congregations are as inviting.

From Catholics to Methodists, most large, mainstream churches are against it. Other faiths still are debating whether to perform same-sex marriages. Individual clergy willing to wed gay couples are hesitant to go against church law and religious tradition.

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