Target: Green Street United Methodist Church
Goal: Commend North Carolina church for showing support for same-sex marriage
Green Street United Methodist Church in North Carolina recently announced that they will not host marriages for heterosexual couples until the rest of the Protestant denomination ends its ban on same-sex marriage. In the midst of rising acceptance of same-sex marriage in the U.S., with public support by prominent politicians, increasing approval in state legislatures, and preparation by the Supreme Court to take up several gay rights cases, the small church in the town of Winston-Salem took a stand in support of gay rights.
The 18-member leadership council unanimously approved the decision to protest the Methodist denomination’s position against gay marriage. The Book of Discipline, which sets forth the plan by which the United Methodist Church governs itself, holds that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching, but it also implores “families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends.” Senior Pastor Kelly Carpenter wrote, “I do not see it as an act of exclusion for straight couples, but an invitation for all people to be in solidarity with those who are excluded.”
This is a significant gesture, as support for gay marriage in the South has not seen the same rise as the rest of the nation. In fact, in 2012, North Carolina voters approved an addition to their state constitution that banned gay marriage. Tim Sturgis, who is a member of Green Street’s leadership council said, “We have a saying that ‘all means all.’ At this church, we don’t just say it, we live it.” He went on to say that they are “witness to the world that not all churches are equal and that this church is built on love and equality.”
Green Street United Methodist is a shining example of tolerance and acceptance, and they should be commended. Applaud their stand for gay rights.
Dear Green Street United Methodist Church,
Thank you for your display of solidarity in favor of same-sex marriage. It’s a crucial moment in history for gay rights, with the Supreme Court poised to take on one of the most politically charged issues of our time. Taking such an overt stance in a state whose voters approved banning same-sex marriage last year is a bold, laudable act that sends a clear message: no matter one’s sexual preference or religious creed, we are all equal.
No group of people should be denied the rights granted to another. I hope that your actions serve as inspiration to churches and communities across the nation.
[Your Name Here]
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