May 25, 2012
A recent letter to The Marietta Times compared Obama’s support of (same-sex marriage) to “a slap in the face to all people of all walks of life and faiths.”
I must respectfully disagree.
Numerous faith communities have voiced support for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed, and queer. Support can be found among the Society of Friends (Quakers), Reform Judaism, United Church of Christ, and Episcopal traditions, to name a few.
“In 1996, the Unitarian Universalist Association passed a resolution in support of marriage equality. The same year, the Central Conference of American Rabbis passed a resolution supporting the ‘right of gay and lesbian couples to share fully and equally in the rights of civil marriage.’ In 2005, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly to endorse full civil and religious marriage equality for same-sex couples” (“An Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality“, August 2008, by Rabbi Dr. Rebecca Alpert, Temple University; the Rev. Steve Clapp, Christian Community; and seven others).
Same-sex marriage may be a “slap in the face” to some people of faith, but marriage discrimination is equally painful to others. As with other religious questions, we must make our laws respect everyone and allow our churches and faith communities to set the standard for living in right-relationship with God for their own members.
Thomas A. Simers
This article really needs no commentary from me – except to say that there are now more Christians involved in the emancipation of the LGBT community in the Church, and in the World that was created by God, in all its infinite variety.
Christians need to understand that God did not create any thing – or person – that was not loved by God – extravagantly and unconditionally. Why should we think differently?
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand