These include the United Church of Canada, the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U. A.), the churches of the Old Catholic Union of Utrecht, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Church of Sweden, the Lutheran, reformed and united churches in Evangelical Church of Germany, the Church of Denmark, the Icelandic Church, the Church of Norway or the Protestant Church of the Netherlands.
In particular, the Metropolitan Community Church, a denomination of 40,000 members, was founded specifically to serve the Christian LGBT community, and is devoted to being open and affirming to LGBT people.
However, the flexibility of standards was negatively associated with direct communication, avoidance, and revenge in response to unmet expectations in friendships, and positively related to loyalty and acceptance.
The present investigation clarifies how friendship ideals influence the evaluation of friendship and responses to unmet expectations.
Christian denominations hold a variety of views on the issue of homosexual activity, ranging from outright condemnation to complete acceptance.
Participants ( = 284) completed an online survey wherein they reported their expectations on six dimensions of friendship, their friendship satisfaction for a close same-sex friendship, and their response to unmet standards in friendship.Among those denominations that generally are negative towards these orientations, there are many different types of actions they may take: this can range from quietly discouraging homosexual activity, explicitly forbidding same-sex sexual practices among adherents and actively opposing social acceptance of homosexuality, to execution.Religious fundamentalism has been found to correlate positively with anti-homosexual bias.The influence of participants’ self-evaluations and ideal standards on friendship satisfaction was mediated by the discrepancy between participants’ close friend and participants’ ideal standards.
The flexibility of standards failed to explain variance in satisfaction and higher ideal standards were negatively associated with satisfaction.
The United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists also condone gay marriage, and some parts of the Anglican and Lutheran churches allow for the blessing of gay unions.