The Church is a key contributor of anti-gay attitudes and behaviors. There is a widespread view that Christians are uncivil or hateful in responding to the needs of persons who are LGBT. Persons who are LGBT, have to cope with the stressors of widespread anti-gay attitudes and behaviors. These stressors, which we believe to be uncalled for, are contributing to destructive behaviors, including gay bashing and gay suicide. The Church has an opportunity, and we believe a responsibility, to reverse these destructive attitudes and behaviors, and welcome all, regardless of sexual orientation, into the full life of the Church. In short, ... Sexual orientation is not a choice, but a good gift from God.