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Committed Unions (80446-C2-¶161.C)

Amend ¶161C of the Discipline, as follows:  
We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant or committed union that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman  two adult persons. We believe that God's blessing rests upon such marriage covenants and commitments, whether or not there are children of the union. We reject social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage or committed union.   We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Rationale

Constitution, Article IV, “Inclusiveness,” predominate over lesser legislation: “...All persons without regard to...status...shall be eligible to ... receive the sacraments...”; JCD 1020: affirming status may include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender; Doctrinal statement ¶138: Inclusiveness means openness, acceptance, and support that enables all persons to participate in the life of...