In his homily, Episcopalian minister Robert G. Certain touched on the fractious debate in the church over its growing acceptance of homosexual relationships, and said Ford did not think the issue should be splitting Episcopalians. He was Ford's pastor at St. Margaret's Church in Palm Desert, Calif.UPDATE - He was Ford and a Lincoln [*]:
"He asked me if we would face schism after we discussed the various issues we would consider, particularly concerns about human sexuality and the leadership of women," Certain said. "He said that he did not think they should be divisive for anyone who lived by the great commandments and the great commission to love God and to love neighbor."
Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's largest gay GOP organization, said that Ford always believe in inclusiveness in welcoming gays into the party and advocating equal rights for them. "President Ford recognized that all Americans deserve to be treated with dignity and fairness," said Log Cabin Republican President Patrick Sammon. "Throughout his presidency, President Ford served with integrity as a leader for all Americans."