Spring 2012

LGBT Lifeline

In 2011, the United Church of Christ's General Synod (our governing body) overwhelmingly passed a "resolution of witness" entitled, "Supporting International Human Rights Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity." The resolution focused on discrimination, violence, and abuse in "contexts where such abuse is not prohibited by law but rather legally, politically, socially, and even religiously sanctioned."

This resolution affirmed an action of General Synod from more than 30 years ago: "A Pronouncement: Civil Liberties without Discrimination Related to Affectional or Sexual Preference," which stated: "In faithfulness to the biblical and historic mandate, we hold that, as a child of God, every person is endowed with worth and dignity that human judgment cannot set aside." It also was in keeping with several other resolutions passed by the General Synod supporting the rights of LGBT persons.

The 2011 resolution also declared support for the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Principles were created by a group of international human rights experts in response to well-documented patterns of abuse.