He acknowledges that some human beings have been created by God to follow a less common, but equally legitimate path. Same-sex relationships are broken by the same powers of evil that threaten heterosexual marriage. Yet he very matter-of-factly asserts that some people are simply born that way. The partner in a same-sex relationship is truly "other"—not through the complementarity of a man and woman, of course, but in the mutuality of two persons who in freedom choose each other and delight in being chosen. But without the consciousness of sin the Gospel itself makes no sense.
Gay and lesbian unions are covenantal relationships if they conform to this Trinitarian structure.
Jesus said some are born gay.
But if you harden and reject His artistry, if you show Him your displeasure at being made a human being, your ingratitude to God will lose you both His artistry and His life. But all of these words are subject to the one Word whom we worship as Lord and to whom we owe obedience. By itself, therefore, a homosexual orientation cannot be considered sinful, for morality presumes the freedom to choose. This "different path" is celibacy. If a congregation permits pastoral care but denies the public rite of union it is saying, in effect, "we expect you to honor your covenant but we don't want to hear about it outside the pastor's office.
The marriage between a man and a woman has its own distinctive and privileged character. Here, sexuality is not "chosen," but "given. No public profile Sign out. We believe that any understanding of sexuality, including heterosexuality, that makes it chiefly an arena for the satisfaction of personal desire is harmful to individuals and society. It hardly needs to be said that entering the debate in this way exposed the Ramsey Colloquium to angry denunciation and was, for some of its members, an act of courage.