@keepsthekeys said: I have the same standpoint and I find it really frustrating that people who are all about equality cannot accept people who do not necessarily agree with gay marriage. Maybe we should advocate for a change of word instead of definition.
I agree; it misunderstands the term equality - but I’m not sure if it’s something we can really achieve. Yes, it’s difficult to maintain our beliefs and remain fair and loving, so perhaps that may solve it..
Thoughts on homosexuality and beyond
For your reference, this is spawning from a post which said; “If you support gay marriage, reblog this. If you’re on the homophobic side, keep scrolling.” I see a lot of posts like this, and it’s really starting to bug me; it’s not covering all sides of the spectrum - I neither support gay marriage or would call myself a homophobe. Being a Christian, I believe in a biblical view of marriage, as being between one man, and one woman (Genesis 2:24) with sex occurring within that marital context. As this is my belief, I cannot support the notion of ‘gay marriage’. I however, could never hate or fear someone because of their sexual orientation - I know many who would call themselves gay (or bi), and some of those are close friends. It doesn’t even mean that I dislike them for; I understand that sometimes it’s not something you can really choose (though you can choose not to act on your feelings). I in no way condone the treatment of those who wish to pursue union, or just on those who have ‘come out’. It’s irrational to hate or bully someone because they make a life choice. Especially by Christians - we’re called to show love, not hate, particularly to those who have been treated so poorly in the past and even now.
In terms of equality; you ask for ‘equal marriage rights’ - you’ve got to understand that we have our beliefs and others have theirs, plus there’s the issue of the separation of church and state etc. And I say, sure, people are free to do what they want; that’s why God gave us free will. If someone is in a homosexual relationship, by all means, go ahead. But I don’t agree with trying to place it on the same grounds as marriage. To be fair, marriage was pretty much set in place by the church, due to it’s biblical standing. And I think that it’s wise to keep it that way. Marriage is deeply valued by a large portion of people for religious and cultural reasons, and that should be reflected. I’ve heard cases like where a Christian photographer wouldn’t take a job for a gay wedding (it sounds petty), but she got sued for it. Where’s your equality now? Surely you must respect our beliefs too. Redefining marriage has serious consequences for religious freedom (I’m open to hearing thoughts on the issue though). This is a bit of a tricky subject I know, but it’s something that’s been weighing on my mind for a bit, so let me if you have something to say.