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Achieving Marriage Equality in the State of Minnesota 1 August 2013

As many of you know, I am a faithful Green Bay Packer Fan and today, I am proud to live in Minnesota!  I had the privilege of gathering with many others this morning at Central Park in Rochester to celebrate this day in our state’s history…the day when Marriage Equality for all of our citizens was enacted in the State!

This morning, people began to gather in Central Park just before 7 a.m. in Rochester.  It was wonderful…the sky was clear and blue…the sun was shining…it was a beautiful day in Southeastern Minnesota.  However, we remember that the journey to this day is littered with hurt and struggle and violence and disappointment…make no mistake about that!  I believe that Marriage Equality is the fundamental Human Rights question of the early years of this century as we begin the third millennium!  The lack of respect we have shown to our gay and lesbian sisters and brothers is astounding and regrettable!  As Christians, we need to repent of this sin and today was an opportunity to begin our repentance!

It is a moment of transformation for the people in the state of Minnesota as well.  The dominant cultural assumptions that have held sway in our life have been challenged and changed!  No longer is the right to marry determined by heterosexual persons.  No longer is the right to marry defined by the limited view of particular people of faith!  No longer is the right to marry delineated by the dominant culture.  This moment in our history in Minnesota should be hallowed and honored because it is a moment of grave consequence as well as a moment of hope and grace!

For people of faith, it is a moment of opportunity.  For so many, the Christian Church has become a place of judgment and no longer a place of welcome!  I am so proud to be part of the Episcopal Church…especially in Minnesota!  I am so proud to be part of a faith community that welcomes and blesses the covenanted relationships of Gay and Lesbian Christians who want to offer their lives as a witness to the sacrificial and sacramental character of a life lived as disciples of the Risen Christ, concerned for others!

It is a sobering thing to remember in the midst of this important day in Minnesota that Marriage Equality is not a right for many of our sisters and brothers throughout the nation!  It is also important to remember that we are called to respect the dignity of every human being…even those who disagree with us!

I am grateful for the opportunity to witness this morning, calling…inviting all of us to recommit ourselves to loving our neighbor…in the midst of hatred and bigotry!  And it is important to remember that in light of Marriage Equality in Minnesota, no Faith Community will be forced to support this action by the state.  No faith community will have its non-profit status jeopardized!  These kinds of threats come from desperate people who stand in need of our charity, patience and understanding!

So, as a Christian, as a citizen of the United States, and as a Green Bay Packer Fan, today, 1 August 2013, I am proud to live in Minnesota!

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