Dear Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett,
I believe It is a shame that not everyone is viewed as equal here on earth. Whether we be black, white, woman, man, gay, straight we are all viewed as equals by God. I do not believe that God would make people just to shun them or turn them away. Maybe the God I believe in is a kinder and more accepting God than yours and I am ok with that.
I know I am not the best person to be preaching to anyone. I have definitely walked a rocky path in my relationship with God and that in large part is due to the closed mindedness of people like you. My dad who is one the best men I have ever known was turned away from the Methodist church when he was finally the man God made him to be. That in the eyes of an eight year old little girl has a huge impact on her relationship with a church and it's clergy. I stopped attending church after that, if he wasn't wanted there, I didn't want to be there either. Since then my relationship with God has been a private and personal one. I know that he loves me and my family. Why you can't accept that I guess I will never understand.
The world is an ever evolving place, people are changing, times are changing. The younger generations do not think like you. The generation I stand with is one of acceptance and tolerance. You may notice a lack in attendance with your younger generations, did you ever think that it could be because of your non acceptance policy? The Book of Discipline speaks of the inclusion and civil rights for everyone including homosexuals. It seems that you need to learn to follow these principles better.
Marriage is a huge commitment for anyone. My father and his partner Bobby have a better relationship than most straight couples. They have certainly been together longer than most marriages that I know of, mainly because their relationship is one of love, respect and commitment. They are two of the kindest, hard working and generous men you should ever have the pleasure to meet.
Why would you ever want to stop them from getting married? All they ask is to be treated as equals in your church and have their relationship be blessed by God, surrounded by the people they love and that love them the most. Is that so much to ask? I am so thankful I was raised by this man, he stands up for what he believes and taught me to do the same.
Daughter of Joe Openshaw