KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Couples will no longer be able to exchange wedding vows at one Kansas City Methodist church, which has decided to stop performing traditional marriage ceremonies because a church rule prohibits such services for gay and lesbians.
The last traditional wedding at the Trinity United Methodist Church in midtown Kansas City is scheduled for spring and will take place as planned.
Instead of traditional marriage ceremonies, the church will offer special worship celebrations for couples that do not include wedding vows, Rev. Sally Haynes, the church’s senior pastor, said. Couples will be free to recite their vows elsewhere.
Trinity’s policy, which was approved by 92 percent of the congregation in a vote, will allow the church to treat all its members equally and still remain a part of the United Methodist Church, Haynes said. About one-third of Trinity’s 275 members are gay or lesbian, Haynes said.
I don’t seem to recall Jesus boycotting the wedding at Cana since cultural prejudices did not allow same-sex marriages. How insensitive Jesus was to even supply and support this wedding by turning water into wine when elsewhere same-sex couple who were in love and in deeply committed relationships would could not be married in a Jewish ceremony. Modern society is trying to do the even more miraculous event of turning same-sex unions into marriage.
I am really getting tired of all the sound bite theology in the media in support of same-sex marriage. The main reason because they are in love. I wonder how many spouses when they heard that their spouse was now in love with someone else accepted this reasoning. Sorry to leave you and the kids behind because I am in love with someone else. I wonder how many same-sex couples will accept this same reasoning when it happens to them. We have been conditioned to this emotionally fuzzy concept of what love is. We will accept such mistaken statement as I am no longer in love with you. Love is an act of the will not something that can ebb and flow like a vitamin deficiency. If you no longer love someone it is because you have chosen not to. Love is willing the good for the other not a feel good aftermath of an infatuation.