We affirm that those with same-sex attraction are children of God who offer much to the world, and we strive to love and understand everyone. Nonetheless, we consider that homosexuality is not part of God’s design for us. We look at the world and see a pair system composed of complementary plus-minus, or male-female partners. We see life and beauty growing out of this partnership. This natural pattern confirms the biblical revelation in Genesis 1:27, that God’s image is male and female. Social science tells us that families led by the biological mother and father bring overwhelming benefits, both for the individual and society as a whole. Hence in order to more fully resemble God and fulfill His love in our own marriage relationships, and build a peaceful and happy world, the marriage Blessing in our tradition is between a man and a woman.