Target: Elder Heath Rada, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church General Assembly
Goal: Praise change to church constitution that allows same-sex couples to be married.
The largest sect of the Presbyterian Church will allow same-sex marriages to take place within their faith after recently amending its constitution. The decision comes after three years of debate over whether or not to recognize same-sex couples and comes as a pleasant surprise to many at a time when the country seems to be getting more conservative. This decision deserves our commendation and will hopefully send a message to other faiths that the love of same-sex couples is in no way inferior to that of “traditional” male-female couples.
The change made to the constitution was relatively small. It was a simple matter of changing the definition of marriage as being “between one man and one woman,” to being, “between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” While this may not be the most accepting sounding language, it is at least inclusive of all couples and will allow all couples to be married in the Presbyterian Church if they so desire. One Presbyterian Reverand has been qutoed as saying, “Finally, the church in its constitutional documents fully recognizes [that] the love of gay and lesbian couples is worth celebrating.”
This decision was not a unanimous one. There has been some dissent, and even quite a few departures from the church by more conservative members, but ultimately inclusion is the way of the future. The Presbyterian Church has officially joined Unitarian Universalists, Episcopalians, Quakers, and many other sects in becoming more inclusive and that is deserving of praise. Please sign here to show your appreciation for this constitution change and to urge other faiths to do the same in the future.
Dear Elder Rada,
I am writing to commend your church for its recent constitution change that allows same-sex couples to be married within the Presbyterian faith. I understand that it has taken some time and debate to reach this point, but thankfully your church has made the right decision in becoming more inclusive. We can only hope that your shining example will make its way to those of other faiths that are still exclusionary of same-sex couples.
I understand that this was not a unanimous decision and that there has been quite a bit of dissent from some more conservative members of your church. Unfortunately this is to be expected in a world that is becoming ever more conservative, but I would urge you not to worry overmuch about them. There are those that do not wish to recognize the legitimate love of same-sex couples and their worlds are darker places for it.
I would like to thank you for this inclusive rule change and urge you to make similar decisions that make your faith more accessible in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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