Saturday, August 7, 2010

Religion Is Finally Moving Towards Acceptance of Gay Marriage

As I have been reporting over the past few months, many of the religious movements in the United States, and the world over, have been changing their position on gay relationships and homosexuality in general.

In some more positive news on this front, a recent Salt Lake Tribune article interviewed the head of the national Interfaith Alliance, who stated that marriage is a legal issue and should not be a religious one...

The Rev. C. Welton Gaddy says marriage is a legal issue in the United States and only government can grant a marriage license.
“Religions care about it, yes, but you can’t get married because of your religion,” Gaddy said during a presentation on religious freedom at Sunstone, an annual forum for Mormon culture and academic study in Salt Lake City.
Support of, or opposition to, gay marriage is “not a matter of whether you are a good Christian, a good Mormon, or a good Muslim,” said Gaddy, a Baptist who is also a pastor at Northminster Church in Monroe, La. “It’s a question of whether or not you’re a good American. It’s a question of whether or not you support the Constitution.”
Churches belong in the conversation — and have the right to denounce homosexuality and gay relationships — but should not be allowed to impose their sectarian positions on government.
 “Regardless of how many millions of dollars it invested in the Proposition 8 debate, the Mormon church today, after the court ruling, still has the same right to denounce gay marriage,” Gaddy said. “It has not been silenced. It will still be respected for its views, even if we disagree.”

Kudos to Rev. Gaddy. People like him are key in our struggle to win acceptance within our faith communities. We all must be like this Reverend, and fight for our acceptance by telling our stories.

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