congrats to Gary Paterson
(really hoping this thread is ok here and doesn't have to be deemed "Politically Incorrect...)
Congrats to Gary Paterson, newly elected Moderator of the United Church of Canada. And congrats to the Church, for electing their first openly gay Moderator.
But most of all ... congrats for it being a complete non-issue!
The fact that Paterson is gay is completely beside the point. He's been a tireless cruisader for many social justice issues for his entire career, particularly in relation to poverty and economic inequality.
As many Canadians know, the United Church has been a leader in many social justice issues, including gay rights. In the 80s they were one of the first (if not the first) mainstream Christian denomination in the world to state that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, are welcome in the church. (And it was Paterson's spouse, Tim Stevenson, who became the first openly gay ordained minister in the church.)
Congratulations Mr. Paterson & good on you United Church. If you have to be a member of a church, the United Church is the one to go with....open minded, progressive, etc. I'm not religious at all, by my family has been associated with this church since coming to Canada, 100+ years ago.