As expected, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCCj) on Monday approved a resolution affirming same sex marriages, urging churches to promote legislation supporting same sex marriages & to discourage legislation denying same sex marriage legal rights. The vote was overwhelming at 80% of the attendees agreeing with the UCC president's sentiments made public last week in advance of the general conference.
The resolution is not binding on any of the congregations, but most are expected to implement its guidelines. A few congregations may choose not to do so, and some have even indicated they may leave the UCC association. The UCC has a long tradition of supporting progressive social issues.
The Rev. Andrew Young, former Atlanta mayor & ambassador to the UN, strongly supported the proposal, commenting before the vote, "I'd be disappointed if we did not approve this resolution," he said on Friday. "I think it would be consistent with our historic spirit of fairness and justice, but it also would be consistent with the spirit of grace and mercy as the path to peace and that you judge not that you not be judged."
The UCC has 3.1 million members. It was founded in 1957 & has supported homosexual rights since the 1970s.
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26