Evangelical leader Tony Campolo released a statement today announcing a change of opinion on how churches should respond to homosexual couples.
In the statement, Campolo said he endured, “countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil” to come to the decision to call for churches to offer full acceptance of Christian gay couples.
He explained that his decision was based on his understanding of the primary point of marriage. Campolo explained, “the institution of marriage should always be primarily about spiritual growth.” While the church has historically emphasized procreation as a primary purpose of marriage, Campolo believes we should now focus on the mutual edification spouses can provide for each other—edification he believes gay couples can equally provide.
Campolo also said he now believes, “sexual orientation is almost never a choice and I have seen how damaging it can be to try to ‘cure’ someone from being gay.”
At the end of his statement, Campolo admitted, “I am painfully aware that there are ways I could be painfully wrong about this one” and then closed, comparing this issue to historical debates over women in leadership, divorce and remarriage, and slavery, “Many of those people were sincere believers,” Campolo writes, “but most of us now agree that they were wrong.”
You can read Campolo’s announcement in its entirety here.