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Don't shy away.

Dear editor,

One of the most deeply religious men that I know has been admonished by the bishop of Toronto for participating in a same-sex marriage and as a result his licence to perform marriages in the diocese of Toronto has been suspended. I have known Archbishop Finlay and his family for many years and I have witnessed a real transformation in him regarding human sexuality. I can attest to this as I am a gay man and he and his wife have been very supportive of me.

I am delighted that Archbishop Finlay allowed his heart and his faith in the Lord to participate in this ceremony; it was out of a "long journey of love, friendship, support and familial relationship with this particular person and her partner" that Archbishop Finlay said he "came to the conclusion that their love for one another was part of God's divine love and it was appropriate that that be deeply blessed."

Obviously, this topic brings not only many different viewpoints, but for many, it also creates a strong emotional response. The challenge is not to shy away from our emotions and perspectives and hope it all goes away, but instead, to ask what we believe God wants for his people today, and to do it in such a way that respects and honours the viewpoints of others.

Gordon Youngman

Nanaimo, B.C.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Youngman, Gordon
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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