10 Reasons Why He's Still a United Methodist

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Hi, John. Thank you for your testimony.
I, too, am maintaining my membership and praying for the time when Holy Spirit will get through to enough members that we will remove the judgmental and limiting language about sexual orientation. This language was not in the Social Principles and Book of Discipline when I was young....hopefully it will be removed before I die.
Those of us born LGBT love God as much as anybody. Naturally we want to open the 'good gift of sex' and have a loving relationship/partnership/marriage/wedding.
We are Human Beings. We want our civil rights. (Marriage Certificates are civil papers obtained and recorded at the County Court House--for both heterosexual and homosexual couples, where it is legal!) Weddings are held at churches or other places of worship or even at home or in the out of doors....witnessed by a clergy person or judge or justice of the peace. In Europe the two services are always separate.....and the marriage legal with or without a 'religious blessing'.
Like most of our heterosexual sisters and brothers, we would like to have the blessing before God and our fellow worshipping family.
Many of us have grown up in church and want to remain full members....not just for our tithe but for full participation--including marriage and ordination for those of us who are called to ministry.

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 4 years ago

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