We believe that a married couple -- living out the sacrificial love that this covenant demands can be a witness to the world of Christ's love for us. In reality, this is the covenantal, sacrificial love that we are called to live out with one another, like David and Jonathan, giving our soul to one another.
Let us define marriage by its nature, by its grace -- not by an unrealistic binary gender identification that is no longer a reality.
Adam said: You are flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone. You are like me -- meaning a human made in God's image.
Complementarity comes in many forms. For the sake of the people in my pews -- and for the people who are too afraid to come in because that have been so often denied -- let us not narrow the complementarity of humanity down to a binary world.
Let us not make a second class of covenantal relationships, a second class of citizens in the Church.
Let us be fruitful and multiply. Multiply covenantal relationships. Multiply disciples. In Christ there is no us or them, there is only us.
Deputy in the Dioceses of Fond du Lac
Rector at Intercession, Stevens Point, WI
Testimony given to Committee #20 -- the Special Legislative Committee on Marriage -- at their first Open Hearing on the marriage resolutions on June 24, 2015 at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church