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The Petition is amended as follows:
  G) Human Sexuality-We recognize  affirm that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons. We believe persons may be fully human only when that gift is acknowledged and affirmed by themselves, the church, and society . We call all persons  everyone to the disciplined , responsible fulfillment of themselves, others, and society in the stewardship of this sacred gift. We also recognize our limited understanding of this complex gift and encourage the medical, theological, and social science disciplines to combine in a determined effort to understand human sexuality more completely. We call the Church to take the leadership role in bringing together these disciplines to address this most complex issue. Further, within the context of our understanding of this gift of God, we recognize that God challenges us to find responsible, committed, and loving forms of expression.
Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are only clearly affirmed only within the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage bond . Sex may become exploitative within as well as outside marriage. We reject all sexual expressions that damage or destroy the humanity God has given us as birthright, and we affirm only that sexual expression that enhances that same humanity. We believe that sexual relations where one or both partners are exploitative, abusive, or promiscuous are beyond the parameters of acceptable Christian behavior and are ultimately destructive to individuals, families, and the social order.
We deplore all forms of the commercialization, abuse, and exploitation of sex , with their consequent cheapening and degradation of human personality . We call for strict global enforcement of laws prohibiting the sexual exploitation or use of children by adults and encourage efforts to hold perpetrators legally and financially responsible. We  and call for the establishment of adequate protection ve services , guidance, and counseling opportunities for abused children.  thus abused. We insist that  All persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured  and to be protected against violence.  The Church should support the family in providing age-appropriate education regarding sexuality to children, youth and adults.
We recognize the continuing need for full, positive, age-appropriate and factual sex education opportunities for children, young people, and adults. The Church offers a unique opportunity to give quality guidance and education in this area.
Homosexual persons no less than heterosexual
  We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry and guidance of the church in our struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. and  We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us. . We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.1

  
1.  Fox, H Eddie
2.  Yoou, Dogo Jean
3.  Dunnam, Maxie D
4.  Furr, Steve P
5.  Baumgardner, Karl
6.  Arant, Turner
7.  Junk, Tom M
8.  Sikes, Marget H
9.  Wright, Kimberly (Kim) Hicks
10.  Wood, Steven D
11.  Rinehart, Jerry  
R1.  Henson, Selena

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