Support for Employment Non-discrimination Act

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church support the extension of existing federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination to include discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression along with those prohibitions based on race, gender, religion, national origin, age, and disability; and be it further

Resolved, that the Secretary of General Convention convey this resolution to appropriate congressional leaders and to the President of the United States.

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Origin and Nature of Sexual Identity from “Homosexuality and the Rabbinate” (CCAR)

Origin and Nature of Sexual Identity

The committee’s task was made particularly difficult because the specific origin of sexual identity and its etiology are still imperfectly understood.

Scholars are not likely to come to an agreement anytime soon about the causes of sexual orientation, or its nature. various disciplines look at sexuality in different ways and rarely confront each other’s ideas…. Short of definitive evidence, which no theory has thus far received, the disagreement is likely to continue. Cognitive and normative pluralism will persist for the indefinite future.4

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Opposition to Homophobia and Heterosexism

WHEREAS, homophobia1 is the discrimination of people perceived to be nonheterosexual, regardless of the victim’s actual sexual orientation or sexual identity; and

WHEREAS, heterosexism2 is a self-justifying system of homophobia that:

1. perpetuates stereotypical categories of what is essentially “masculine” and what is essentially “feminine”;
2. provides a privileged status for people who identify as culturally defined heterosexuals; and

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Safeguarding Mission in Changing Social Environments

…Seventh-day Adventist churches and institutions operate in diverse social, political, and religious environments. The development of national and local legislation in many parts of the world has been influenced by, or is compatible with, Christian worldview and morals. More recently, concern for social policy is becoming a dominant factor in the development of laws. This results in rather new, and at times challenging, environments for the practice and advocacy of historic Christian beliefs and values relating to morality.

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