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California-Nevada Reconciling Clergy Applauds Lawrence Decision

The Reconciling Ministries Network, July 1, 2003
3801 N. Keeler Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641
Phone 773-736-5526
Fax 773-736-5475
Email: rmn@RMNetwork.org

The California-Nevada Annual Conference Reconciling Ministries Clergy of the United Methodist Church expresses our strong affirmation of the historic decision of the Supreme Court in striking down the Texas sodomy law as well as in rendering unconstitutional the same law in the other 12 states. We applaud this decision as a major step forward for the equal rights and protection of the Lesbian Bisexual Gay and Transgender (LBGT) community, without fear of being criminalized.

We affirm with our sisters and brothers of the LBGT community that sexuality is a good gift from God that can be expressed responsibly in the privacy of our lives.

We further call on our United Methodist Church to follow the lead of the Supreme Court in granting equal rights to all members of our denomination regardless of sexual orientation and to affirm their full humanity in carrying out their ministries for the church of Jesus Christ.

The California-Nevada Annual Conference Reconciling Ministries Clergy of the United Methodist Church is a body of 115 California-Nevada United Methodist pastors. Names available upon request.

Contact: Brandon Austin, Chair: Pastor of the North Sacramento United Methodist Church 916-922-6571 or 916-649-9744


The Reconciling Ministries Network is a national network of United Methodist-focused organizations advocating for the full inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the life of the Church. Founded in 1984, RMN consists of 191 United Methodist congregations, 26 campus ministries, 19 Reconciling Communities, and over 17,000 individual members. Organizations involved include the Parentsí Reconciling Network, United Methodists of Color, and RMNís student movement, MOSAIC.


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