Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. – Leviticus 18:22
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Andy Stanley said, “We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents.We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they’re same-sex attracted or because they’re gay. That ends with us. There is not consensus in this room when it comes to same-sex attraction. There is not consensus in this room when it comes to gay marriage. We just can’t continue to look into the filter of our politics at our spirituality. Its got to be the other way around … and specifically when it comes to this issue.”
Otis Moss III wrote this letter asking legislators to vote in favor of homosexual marriage:
My purpose in writing you is to encourage you to stand with me and other faith leaders, to support SB 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. There is no doubt people who are same-gender loving occupy a prominent space in the body of Christ. We recognize the fingerprint of the Divine upon all humanity. We also acknowledge that God’s ethic of love charges us to support the civil rights of all members of the human community.
Religious Freedom is a paramount constitutional ideal; protecting the autonomy of religious institutions to practice our faith without the imposition and the encumbrances of any outside authority, including the State.
Senate Bill 10 protects religious freedom while extending the freedom to marry for all couples, including same-sex couples in Illinois.
The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act allows us to recognize and celebrate the diversity of our religious heritages, institutional practices, and beliefs on a range of theological and social issues, while holding harmless, those clergy and faith institutions that elect not to officiate same-sex unions. This is not a matter of theology, but simply a matter of public policy grounded in democratic ideals whereby we protect all citizens under the law.
We stand on the three pillars.
1. We feel called to “live our faith and not legislate our faith” for the Constitution is designed to guarantee fundamental protections for all persons. We have learned to be more than a one-issue community and to seek the beloved community where we may not all agree, but we all recognize the fingerprint of the Divine upon all of humanity.
2. While we affirm the plurality of perspectives, we stand united and in solidarity in affirming the principle of equal protection under the law for all citizens of the United States of America. We believe that the values that ought to inform our public engagement as residents of Illinois are the principles that unite us rather than the beliefs that distinguish us.
3. We deeply respect the right of religious institutions to define marriage in accordance with their practices, beliefs, and doctrines, and this law in no way infringes upon that freedom. The religious exemption language in the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act is clear that members of the clergy or religious institutions are held legally harmless should they elect not to acknowledge any civil marriage that is not compatible with their religious beliefs.
We understand the State’s responsibility to ensure that all families of the State of Illinois are treated equally under the law.
Therefore, we respectfully ask you to vote in favor of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
Trinity United Church of Christ
– David Paul