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'Teenage boys can be confused about their sexual attractions. They can go through a phase of being attracted to those of the same sex, but in the vast majority of cases they simply grow out of it and develop normal attraction for women.' ( Bankrolling Gay Proselytism, The Christian Institute,1999:1)
2 This is not to suggest that gay Christians in the UK are theological liberals on all fronts. There is evidence to suggest that a sizeable minority are opposed to women's ordination. The Guardian newspaper, 19/5/96
3 Some of them place great faith in the teaching of their own denomination, and in particular many accept the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Not all anti-gays are evangelical and some do not derive their views from the Bible, while Protestant and Roman Catholic traditionalists will have little to do with each other.
4 See Nugent and Gramick's work (1989: 29-42) which argues that there are four broad responses by the churches regarding expressions of gay and lesbian sexuality: The 'Full Acceptance' position, the 'Qualified Acceptance' position, the 'Rejecting-Punitive' view, and the 'Rejecting-Nonpunitive' stance.
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