As Christians and members of the Baptist denomination, we believe we should engage with the debate in the churches concerning the moral choices about sexual relationships faced by Christians today.

We welcome the publication by the Baptist Union of the study guide Making Moral Choices and trust that congregations will take time to address the issues in the guide prayerfully and with due consideration.

We believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships at every level of church life.

We respect those who, though holding different views, are willing to listen and engage constructively in discussions. We hope that people who disagree with us will feel included in the debate.

We also seek to avoid the sort of lurid media spin that delights in division and controversy, and depicts the church as condemning rather than seeking to save.