Remember how we all demanded that the Episcopal Church get off its duff and take a stand?
Well, they did.
The 77th Convention of the Episcopal Church passed this resolution in both houses as amended:
Rpt. #24 on D061
(Condemning Threats Against Sexual Minorities ) recommending Concur;
Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church adopt the following statements:
The Episcopal Church rejects and condemns all use of violent rhetoric against sexual minorities. by Christian clergy lay and ordained leadership.
We stand in solidarity with lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders persons, and all other sexual minorities who are threatened or persecuted in the name of Christ.
We oppose calls for execution, imprisonment, and for any official or unofficial violence against sexual minorities as contrary to the word and spirit of the Gospel of Christ.
We are committed to the inclusion of all God’s people, including lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders persons, and other sexual minorities, in the full life of the Church.
We believe that these same people should be fully protected by the civil laws of every society, enjoying the protections of law against violence and living under society’s common obligations.
Special thanks to Paul Ambos, a reader of this blog, and a delegate from New Jersey, for doing the necessary work to get this done and for refusing to let anyone forget about this initiative.
Paul is hereby inducted into the Williamsburg/ Greenpoint Legion d'Honneur