The following is the statement issued by the Puerto Rico Conference at the 2005 General Synod of the United Church of Christ. In 2006, delegates at the PR conference’s annual meeting voted to leave the UCC, a loss of 66 churches.
United Church of Christ PR Conference
Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico
PO Box 8609 Caguas, PR 00726-8609
From: Rev. Luis A. Rosario, Conference Minister
and The Puerto Rico Conference
To: General Synod Delegates
Date: July 2, 2005
The Grace of God and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ are with all you.
The United Church of Christ PR Conference (Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico) affirms that all persons were created by God as sexual beings. Sex is the biological expression of the gender, this refers to the physiological and biological aspect of been a man or a woman. Sexuality is the conjunction of biological, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural factors are related to the condition of been a man or woman and the influence of those factors in their behavior. A sexual relationship should be the expression of the love and the unity of a couple inside the marriage, in addition to the pleasure experience and the procreation function.
The biblical tradition is consistent with the rejection of the homosexualism, lesbianism, bisexualism, and other practices classifying them as abomination against God. This tradition is clear and unmistakable when was it established the union between man and woman as a part of God's plan for the world. The UCC PR Conference pronounces that they are against not of the person but of the practice of homosexuality because we believe and understand that this alters the social order established by God.
God establishes marriage in the love that a man and a woman declare to each other. This relationship it is established by a fidelity covenant, where both persons are responsible and made a compromise before God and society. Matrimony is love relationships were both parts grow together as a couple and as persons within it.
The United Church of Christ PR Conference (Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico) celebrates weddings for couples (as established man and a woman) that demonstrate a solid preparation for the beginning and the continuity of a healthy and stable matrimony relation based on the definition of marriage.