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Marriage amendment (10/28/2012)
From: Rev. Timothy

From: Rev. Timothy

Forester

As the pastor of First Congregational Church of Winona, United Church of Christ, I want to express our opposition to the proposed Marriage Amendment now before Minnesota voters. After years of study and discussion, at its National Synod, our faith tradition voted decades ago to declare itself “open and affirming” of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender individuals. We do not believe that one’s sexual orientation is a result of sin or emotional pathology. Nor is it right to take a handful of scriptural verses out of context as a reason to persecute, marginalize and humiliate between two and six percent of humanity century after century. Our United Church of Christ denomination does not believe that the love of gay or lesbian people is somehow inferior to that of heterosexuals, but equally holy in the eyes of God. Therefore, since our churches already have the freedom to celebrate gay or lesbian marriages in some parts of our nation, we believe the Marriage Amendment in Minnesota to be an attack on something our church considers sacred. It is an attempt by the state to dictate limitations on what a religious institution can celebrate. If passed, it will also show a preference by the state for certain religious traditions over others. Our nation has been at its best when the circle of freedoms has broadened, not constricted. And, as one of our old church hymns says, “New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth; they must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.” So I ask my fellow citizens, especially those of a faith tradition, to vote “No” on the Marriage Amendment on November 6.

 

 

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