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Re: Need Clarification
> Something came up yesterday that I hope you can clarify for me. I am sure
> that something you wrote was taken totally out of context (and this was the
> explanation given to the person who read it by the bishop). Someone (sorry,
> I didn't get the name or parish) read something he attributed to you in which
> it was stated that the blessing/marriage of same sex partners would lead to
> blessings of multiple partner unions--or something to that effect. I am
> guessing that if something of this nature appeared in print that it was in
> a very tongue in cheek manner and, as I said, read out of context. Does
> this ring any bell or can you clarify it?
I do not recognize the quotation from your summary of it, but it might
refer to a remark that I made at an Integrity meeting -- a national
meeting in Atlanta, if I remember correctly. I had been asked to
comment on the plight of gay singles and their need for affirmation
from the church. I acknowledged that gay singles do need affirmation
but indicated that I felt we could not hope to get the church to
address every issue at once, that others would need to lead that
battle. One reporter quoted this in a new context left the
impression that I tacitly approved opening a floodgate for of all
kinds of relationships to be sought in the future. I intended
nothing of the kind.
Heterosexuals sometimes stay in a period of courtship indefinitely.
With no access to support systems for committed relationships, I am
not surprised that some lesbians and gays also stay in a period of
courtship indefinitely. The church needs to affirm singles of
all orientations in this process. As a married gay man, I am not the
one to exercise leadership in that movement.
I witness to a life-time monogamous commitment more by my life than
by my words.