Aug 02

Same Sex Marriage in the United Methodist Church?

I came across an interesting debate this weekend on the Faith Experience website. Foundry United Methodist Church is located in Washington DC and is undergoing a “summer of discernment” about weather to perform same sex marriages in the church. Washington DC recently opted to allow same sex marriages within the city. Foundry is currently a Reconciling Congregation. The current debate is about the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s displeasure with a group of visiting Bishops invited to speak at Foundry in the month of July. Foundry’s senior Minister Dean Snyder presents Foundry’s side of the issue here. Mark Tooley from the Institute on Religion and Democracy explains why he thinks Foundry is going to far here.

Please let me know what you think.

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    • RozitaTee on August 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm
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    As you know, Christine, I am looking for a new Church as I just don’t agree with the Catholic Church on its rules regarding divorce, birth control (except for abortion–I’m with them on that one) and gays.

    Although I am as straight as an arrow, I am straight but not narrow. I vote for same-sex marriage.

    • Frank D'Ambrosio on August 3, 2010 at 12:27 am
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    At the risk of being severely castigated, I must confess I am still struggling with the issue of same sex marriage. I also know many of the older pastors have said they would resign rather than perform same sex marriages. I am not “homophobic;” I support the idea of homosexual men and women being ordained as clergy in full connection and being allowed to teach in the classroom at any level and being allowed to serve in the military. I just can’t yet accept same sex marriage. (Yes, I am well aware of all the civil rights and human rights arguments being offerred in support here.) I can’t apologize for what is in my heart, and I can’t lie about it either!

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