Tuesday, July 5, 2011

UCC GS28 Passes Resolution Promoting Adoption and GLBT Adoptive Parents

Back in March, I posted information about a proposed resolution that would be voted on during this weekend's 28th General Synod of the United Church of Christ.  This proposed resolution, if passed, would call for the UCC to promote and defend adoption by GLBT parents and to defend GLBT adoptive families.

Today, that resolution passed:
By a unanimous voice vote, General Synod 28 delegates approved a resolution supporting “The Right of LGBT Persons to Adopt and Raise Children.”

In presenting the resolution to plenary, the Rev. Susan Artt of St. Paul UCC in Nashville, Ill., emphasized that today more than 460,000 children in the United States live in group or foster homes – and that each year 25,000 foster children “age out” of the foster care system. “We need parents!” exclaimed another delegate, a former group home executive.

Before adopting the resolution, delegates added one amendment, urging UCC health and human service agencies to honor the right of LGBT persons to adopt.
I'm not a huge fan of the whole resolution process as exercised by the UCC's General Synods, for reasons stated in this post, but I'm completely behind this resolution.

It is important that our churches promote adoption and adoptive families.  And, despite inevitable criticism from ECOT UCCers and other UCC Reformers, I think that it's incredibly important to have at least one Christian denomination outside of the Metropolitan Community Church stand up in favor of GLBT adoptive families and foster families.  Too many churches and denominations treat our families like dirt and too many progressive Christian groups like Sojourners can't even stand behind a commercial inviting GLBT families into the Christian church.

It's wonderful that the UCC's General Synod spoke out in favor of GLBT adoptive families and it's even more wonderful that it was a unanimous decision.  It is moments like this that I an terribly proud to be a member of the United Church of Christ.

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