How to Welcome Married Lesbian/Gay Couples to Your Parish
Make it known that all children will be baptized, not only those of heterosexually married couples.
Include lesbian and gay couples in all aspects of parish life: prayer and liturgy, educational programs, social events, and service opportunities.
Invite gay and lesbian couples to participate in marriage preparation and enhancement programs.
Open bereavement support groups to lesbian and gay people whose spouses have died.
Acknowledge and celebrate the love and commitment of lesbian and gay couples in the same ways that heterosexual couples are affirmed.
Educate one another about sexual orientation and the reality of lesbian and gay people.
Institute a non-discrimination policy for sexual orientation, gender identity, marital and relational status.
Welcome families headed by lesbian and gay couples to all family events that the parish sponsors.
Allow local Scouting programs to accept lesbian and gay mothers and fathers to be Scout leaders.
Make sure that everyone knows that the children of lesbian and gay couples are welcome in educational programs, parish schools, and all appropriate sacramental preparation programs.
Include discussion of lesbian and gay people in all parish programs concerned with diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, sexuality, and faith sharing.
Listen to, converse with, and be present to parishioners or community members who may disagree about welcoming lesbian and gay people and families.
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