Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince, the two gay men whose marriage was celebrated by United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert in Birmingham this past Saturday, have written a letter of thanks to their supporters and are encouraging those allies to contact their bishops with expressions of support for Bishop Talbert’s actions. The letter was published on the website of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RCM), an organization advocating for changes in the United Methodist Book of Discipline to allow for the full participation of GLBT persons in the life of the United Methodist Church.
“We have been overwhelmed with the people near and far who have reached out to us,” Prince and Openshaw wrote. “When we began planning for our wedding, we expected some people to make statements against us—but what we did not expect was that the words of support and encouragement would come from so far away and be so much more numerous.”
The letter asks supporters to write letters to their bishops expressing their support of Bishop Talbert’s “Biblical Obedience” initiative. The letter also asks for financial donations to the Reconciling Ministries Network, and encourages supporters to recruit new members to join RCM’s efforts.
Click here to visit the Reconciling Ministries Network website and read the full text of the letter.