Thursday, April 04, 2013

Gay Marriage: Some Pastoral Thoughts

There are currently nine states that have legalized same-sex marriage.  Illinois is poised to be the tenth (if the lower chamber of the State legislature can get its act together).

What is a United Methodist pastor to say to a same-sex couple who happen to be members of a congregation?  "Sorry, but you'll have to go to an Episcopalian, UCC, Unitarian, Lutheran, or Presbyterian church"?

We either face up to the fact that we will, for all practical purposes, practice discrimination and admit it and announce it; or, we practice penance toward our members who are sexual minorities, and humbly offer them space and blessing for their wedding vows.

Virtual Tin Cup

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