It’s nice seeing mainline denominations, at least some of their members, taking strong stands for love and equality, and shucking off old, disproven dogma:

Same-sex marriage is illegal in Minnesota but 70 United Methodist clergy in the state have signed a statement saying they will marry gay couples.

“We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage,” reads the statement introduced this week at the 2011 Minnesota Annual Conference.

“We are convinced by the witness of others and are compelled by Spirit and conscience to act. We thank the many United Methodists who have already called for full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church.”

Heck yeah. Paging Chad Holtz. Paging Chad Holtz.

[If you Christian readers out there aren't familiar with Chad, he is one of my two favorite Christians.  I think he would appreciate that endorsement.]