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Benton Rogers

Samuel Morton

Sidney Collins

Andrew Jones

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Policy takes finesse
I hope you will take the time to read this article by a gay activist on the current issue of gay marriage.

Now that you have read his perspective, I hope you will take the time to read what Ben, Sam, and I wrote about the issue previously.

If you have read the material cited above, you should understand my caveat that gay unions are plausible only when the voters are in favor of the issue. Until then, we are not accomplishing the goals of gay couples. As I read the intentions, the legal battle is just a battle, it is not the end of the war. Gay couples (and individuals) want to be fully included and accepted in society. The legal battle is not about the affirmation of rights so much as it is about winning the hearts and minds of the American voter. If it is legal, then there must be something to the argument.

The official stance on the issue by the United Methodist Church will be tested again this year. Our General Conference is currently in preliminary meetings and will take off next week. The civil disruptions of the last few conferences served to alienate as many if not more than the actions won over. I still believe that the UMC's current view on the issue is morally correct.

"Homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of
sacred worth. All persons need the ministry and guidance of the church in
their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional
care of a fellowship which enables reconciling relationships with God, with
others, and with self. Although we do not condone the practice of
homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching,
we affirm that God's grace is available to all. We commit ourselves to be in
ministry for and with all persons."


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