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2012 - A New Declaration for a New Decade
In 2002 the original Phoenix Declaration called for an end to discrimination against LGBT people and fortheir full inclusion in church and society. More than 200 clergy signed that dynamic, prophetic vision.
We celebrate the progress made over the past ten years:
While we acclaim this progress toward realizing the full dignity and equality of the LGBT community inboth church and society, we proclaim that IT IS NOT ENOUGH!
Some churches continue to label people born with different sexualities or who live into a gender differentfrom their birth as "sinful," "disordered," or "abominations." Hiding behind dogma and doctrine they deny LGBT people and families access to the graces of the church. In the name of religious liberty they call for the denial of equal rights. Religious liberty is never the right to discriminate. Religious liberty suffers irreparable harm when the liberties of LGBT people are denied.
In many states LGBT people are denied the basic human rights guaranteed to citizens of the USA. They face unjust employment termination, eviction, and are denied the rights to adopt or marry just for theirnatural human feelings, how they present their gender, or whom they love.
IN 2012 we boldly declare the justice we are called to pursue as Christians and as a society.
THE TIME IS NOW to end every form of spiritual abuse and discrimination in Church and Society against LGBT people; and, to stand against flawed theologies that are breeding grounds for the sins of homophobia and transphobia and give rise to shame, bullying, murder and other crimes of hate.
THE TIME IS NOW to end all forms of legal discrimination at every level of government: city, state and federal; and to enact laws that protect the dignity and God-endowed rights of every Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender citizen. These include hospital visitation, marriage, adoption, creating families, access to housing, and the right to work free from fear of termination or reprisal because of gender expression or sexual orientation.
THE TIME IS NOW to stand with the growing number of clergy, scholars, and laity who find no biblical, theological, or rational basis to condemn or deny the rights of LGBT individuals or families. As Christian Clergy, in solidarity with those of the Interfaith community and all people of good will, we renew our commitment to the full inclusion of God's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender children in church and society.
TO THIS END we will relentlessly pursue the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Equal Marriage as the law of the land and the church's affirmation of every LGBT person and family.
OUR FAITH DEMANDS NOTHING LESS!
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