Even as we sign, we repent that it has taken us so long to act. We acknowledge our complicity in the church’s discriminatory policies that have tarnished the witness of the Church to the world. We value our covenant relationships and ask everyone to hold the divided community of The United Methodist Church in prayer.
Pastoral care and the sacraments and rituals of the church are means of grace by which the lives of all Christians are blessed by God. Therefore we, as ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church, declare our commitment to offer such means of grace to all persons on an equal basis. We refuse to discriminate against any of God’s children and pledge to make marriage equality a lived reality within the United Methodist Church, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage. We are convinced by the witness of others and are compelled by Spirit and conscience to act. We thank the many United Methodists who have already called for full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church.
Supporting Clergy and Laity Signers:
We are United Methodists, called to inclusiveness, instructed to be faithful to the example of Jesus’ ministry to all persons, and charged to deny every semblance of discrimination [2012 Discipline, ¶140]. In accordance with our membership vow to “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves,” we commit ourselves to work for marriage equality and to support our clergy colleagues who have courageously challenged church policy by faithfully ministering to all. We will support them morally, emotionally, and spiritually, and contribute financially to their defense if their faithfulness should result in a church trial.
Local Church Signers:
We, as a United Methodist congregation, have committed to supporting and honoring same-sex marriages in the same way that we support and honor other marriages. We believe that banning same-sex marriage is inconsistent with Christ’s teaching, and the constitution of the United Methodist Church. We fully recognize and assume the risks associated with these commitments, because we are called upon by God, through Jesus Christ, to resist injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. Our sanctuary is open for all to make a commitment of love and fidelity through Christian marriage OR we have decided to faithfully close our doors to all weddings until we can perform weddings for all.