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Minute of Welcoming and Affirming Marriage

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Minute from North Columbus Friends Welcoming and Affirming Marriage

March 7, 1993

‚ÄčIt is the sense of North Columbus Friends Meeting that we are ready to nurture same-gender relationships by offering the opportunity of marriage under the care of the Meeting. We hope to provide the same loving care and consideration to couples requesting marriage, regardless of gender. The North Columbus Friends Meeting will respond to requests for marriage, regardless of gender, following the customary procedures of Friends.

This minute is also posted on FLGBTQC's site along with other Meetings' minutes.



What is FLGBTQC?

This minute is also posted on FLGBTQC's site along with other Meetings' minutes.

What is FLGBTQC?

Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns is a Quaker faith community within the Religious Society of Friends. FLGBTQC deeply honors, affirms, and upholds that of God in all people.We seek to know that of God within ourselves and others.

We seek to express God's truth in the Quaker and in the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual/transgender communities, as it is made known to us.
It is our hope to offer an oasis to those who have been spurned by the world at large. We are learning that radical inclusion and radical love bring further light to Quaker testimony and life. Our experience with oppression in our own lives leads us to seek ways to bring our witness to bear in the struggles of other oppressed peoples.

We gather twice a year, at our Mid-Winter gathering and at the Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends in the summer. At these times we worship together, discern our corporate witness through Meeting for Worship with attention to business, share our individual journeys, celebrate our lives, heal old wounds, and draw sustenance from the Spirit for our work and life in the world. After almost thirty years, we are still learning to spread love in the face of rejection and hostility and to embrace new friends. We have found faith and voice to speak truth to power and the courage to be open to new revelation.
(adapted from a minute approved 15 Second Month 1999)