Modern Church highly commends this excellent report by the Church of Scotland, published last week.
Over the last 20 years church debates on same-sex partnerships have been vitiated by power struggles, threats of splits and unconvincing compromises with the loudest voices.
Instead this Report focuses on the real theological issues at stake, drawing on the work of leading academic theologians like Jean Porter and Robert Song.
The report does not try to answer every question, but includes areas of legitimate disagreement, with proposals that open up the prospect for further debate.
It makes clear that historic Christian teaching on marriage has been more varied and accommodating than is sometimes claimed today.