Thank you David for this excellent review.
I do note that this is a NORTH AMERICAN DIVISION publication .
Our GC President seems compelled, every few months, to issue some diatribe against the Adventist LGBT community, so maybe this publication does not have the imprimatur of the GC.
My simple observation:
There is ZERO compassion, nor even basic comprehension, when any position requires that LGBT indiviiduals should lead lives of life long loneliness . The life long celibacy issue has little to do with sex—Catholic priests and nuns for centuries have voluntarily, as adults, made the choice to be celibate.
Those Catholic celibates make sure they are surrounded by supportive companions, in convents, monasteries, abbeys etc,
Most modern priests live in communal group homes.
Our Adventist LGBT celibates have no such close network of support.
Most would ageee that the vital component of any marriage, whether gay or straight, is not the sex, but the MUTUAL love, companionship, caring, trust, affirmation, affection, devotion that imbues any good union.
When church requirements insist on an absence of these nurturing elements on a life long basis, merely because a person is born with a certain set of chromosomes, then that is not a manifestation of true christian love.