Christians for Gay Rights

At churches, schools, and shopping centers volunteers are gathering signatures to repeal California’s new law requiring public schools to include gay people and gay rights milestones in school lessons, according to Lisa Leff, at the Associated Press.

The referendum is being led by less-experienced Christian conservatives since the Mormon and Catholic churches, who led the fight against gay marriage, have not joined forces.

Turns out, not all Christians seek laws to limit gays or keep them in the closet.

Having heard the battle cry, “Gays are against God!” some students from my Women’s Perspective club hoped to gain greater insight by visiting with the Christian club on campus.

We visited a lot of clubs, on numerous issues, hoping to take in various points of view. So we took a turn with “The Upside Down Club,” so named because they felt their ideas were the reverse of society’s.

This group surprised us more than any other.

When we asked how they, as Christians, felt about legislating against gay rights, they said they were against it.

Why?

“We believe in the separation of church and state,” offered one student. “I am personally against gay marriage, but feel that no one’s religious beliefs should be deemed the law of the land. We shouldn’t force our beliefs on everyone else.”

Others said there was a conflict between anti-gay passages in the Bible and “love thy neighbor,” which they felt was the higher law.

In my classes, some Christian students were for gay marriage because they had learned how it would help families. After all, without marriage children may not be able to visit a sick parent in the hospital, they can lose out on social security or inheritance if a parent dies, they aren’t guaranteed child support if parents separate, and mom and dad aren’t given job-protected time to care for a new child. So gay marriage strengthens families.

Along this vein, some Mormons belong to an organization called Mormons for Marriage, which promotes gay nuptials with the slogan, “Family! It’s About Time.” They feel that marriage will be strengthened, not weakened when gay couples have the same civil rights as heterosexuals. I can relate. I know several couples who divorced because one spouse was straight and the other was gay. The relationships were unstable and the breakups certainly weren’t good for families.

From time to time, students in my classes have apologized for the intolerance of other Christians, who get so much publicity.

Nice to see these folks truly living the Golden Rule.

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I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.

Posted on September 9, 2011, in feminism, gender, LGBT+, psychology, sexism, women and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I believe in gay rights and how tow homosexual people should get married. Though mainly people in the Christian community would be against such rights stated it is against the will of god. But I see many gay couples who are genuinely happy with each other minding their own business not disturbing anyone. These couples are not affecting anyone or forcing anyone in anyway.

    When it comes to love I believe no one should interfere. When people, religion, status, race, etc. comes in between real love then it just causes and creates unnecessary pain. It is kind of like the story of Romeo and Juliet. They loved each other dearly yet because both of their fathers despised each other so their love was forbidden. If only their families’ differences could have been forgotten for even a moment then maybe they would have been able to see the pain they were causing their children.

  2. I am a Christian and I do not believe in gay marriage. The bible is very clear that it is a sin. However, I do not discriminate against gay marriage or homosexuaity in general. The bible does say, “love your neighbor” and it says that God loves everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, God still loves you, even though it is classified as a sin. But then again, which one of us has never sinned? It is no one’s right to judge anyone for any of their sins. No sin is greater than any other sin, but the best part is that God will forgive us for them. So, even though I do not believe that homosexuals have the right to marry, I do not discriminate against them. I have many gay friends, and I love them to death. I would never wish any judgement or discrimination upon them.

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