To the growing list of mainstream churches that have decided to muddle the message and, as a result, exclude parishioners in order to give the appearance of inclusivity, you can add the United Church of Christ.
Church Panel OKs Gay-Marriage ResolutionYou don't like it? Tough. If the United Church of Christ can get some homosexuals (statistics show that the gay community generally has vast amounts of disposable income and provides massive opportunity for a windfall to the church) to join their admittedly shrinking flock, they will be the better for it. Right? That's what their accounting consultants are arguing anyway.
By Charles Odum, Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA (AP) -- A committee of United Church of Christ representatives has approved a resolution that moves the church one step closer to becoming the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage.
Still, members of the committee acknowledged Sunday that some congregations could leave the church entirely if the resolution is approved as written. (link)
Thus we have the marketing plan. "We're adamantly opposed to sin in all its forms. Except in the following acceptable circumstances ..."
As to the church's parishioners who take the Bible's teachings literally, well, they just need to get over it. And get on with it. Or get out.