Monday, February 13, 2012

Prophetic voices

I like what the (Episcopal) Bishop of Washington (state) said:
What [LGBT people] ask of us, the church and the government, is to put boundaries around their relationship, to hold them in the same regard and with the same respect, which would also mean that we expect the same from them.  They are not asking for special treatment.  They are asking for equal treatment.   They are asking to be accountable, as a couple, in community.  To me, this is a conservative proposal.  I am for it, and I hope we will finally make way for this to happen, not only in our society, but also in our church.

And also what the (Episcopal) Bishop of Washington (DC) said:
Many of us in the Episcopal Church, which I serve as a bishop, know same-sex couples whose relationships can only be described as holy, and thus we have come to support the blessing of such unions. They stand in stark contrast with many exploitative and casual patterns of sexuality that both heterosexual and homosexual Christians are right to reject. 
....Every generation, it seems, has struggled to include someone previously thought to be outside the realm of God’s grace and full humanity. In our time, we in the Episcopal Church have come to understand that God shows no partiality between straight and gay people. Not every same-sex couple is a paragon of holiness, but neither is every heterosexual couple. Life long relationships are hard, which is why the support of religious and societal institutions is so important. 
From the convictions of my Christian faith, and in support of my gay and lesbian friends whose relationships inspire me in my marriage, I urge Marylanders to join me in supporting the marriage equality legislation currently under consideration in their state.

1 comment:

dr.primrose said...

Washington (state) has now joined Washington (DC) in enacting marriage equality -- Wash. governor signs gay marriage bill into law.

But it's expected that the law will be challenged at the ballot box. Washington state has a domestic partnership law that essentially grants domestic partners the same rights and obligations as married spouses.

So it may be Prop. 8 redux.