(Closed) How many Christians really support gay marriage/gay rights?

posted 6 years ago in Christian
  • poll: Are you religious and do you support gay rights?
    My church doesn't support gay rights, but I do personally. : (200 votes)
    22 %
    I personally support gay rights and so does my church. : (107 votes)
    12 %
    My church supports gay rights but I do not personally. : (3 votes)
    0 %
    My church doesn't support gay rights and neither do I. : (116 votes)
    13 %
    I am religious and support gay rights but I do not attend church. : (171 votes)
    19 %
    I am not religious and I support gay rights. : (310 votes)
    34 %
    I am not religious but I do not support gay rights. : (9 votes)
    1 %
    I don't know what my church believes and/or I don't know what I believe. : (3 votes)
    0 %
  • Post # 3
    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    I know in my Catholic church in a small town we did have openly gay couples that attended and they did receive communion. I definately think that there are placed that will welcome and accept you. I think it really depends more on the priest/pastor.

    ETA: I am not sure how to vote because in general it is not accepted in the Catholic faith, but as I said exceptions have been made.  And I do support gay rights. (I hope I worded this all right, I never know how to say things on this topic, I really don’t mean to affend anybody if my terms aren’t right.)

    Post # 4
    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My uncle is gay, and was desperate to stay in the US.  He used to work in the Australian Consulate, and lost his job when the AIDS scare went around in the 80s.

    So to stay state side he entered the Russian Orthodox Church (he was raised as a very staunch Catholic).  He did that because he found their community very welcoming and open.

    That said, I do find it a tad hypocritial on his side.  He cut my parents out of his life for several years before I was born, because my mother was raised Anglican and he felt she was of a lesser religion and beneath his family.

    When in actual fact my mother is a beautiful person and my Dad is lucky to have her.  So yeah, thats why I am not very religious I guess.

    But anyway, as I was saying he is now very high up within The Russian Orthodox Church and commuity.  And from all accounts they are a very welcoming christian community.

    Post # 7
    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @moonadea: he needed to be employed to keep his visa.  No one would hire him because at the time everyone believed they would catch aids just by looking at a Gay person.  So he entered the seminary(sp?) and became a priest.  And is now pretty high up there in that regards, unsure of his actual title these days though.  He lives in Michigan.

    Post # 8
    1750 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @moonadea: My church does not gay bash. My personal view is people should do what makes them happy. As long as two adults consent, I don’t have a problem with it. I am neutral, I am not for gay marriage but I am not against it. I think everyone deserves to be happy.

    Post # 9
    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I’m Orthodox, and my church does not support gay rights, but I do. I converted from the United Church of Canada (super liberal denomination) which allows gay marriage and ministers, but my home (very rural, quite elderly) congregation would never be okay with a gay marriage or a gay minister in their church building….So I would say that there’s often a difference between ideal and reality. I think if you want to return to attending a church, finding a welcoming congregation is probably the most important thing. Obviously if you later want to pursue a career in the ministry or take on a leadership position, the beliefs of the institution will be more important. However, even in ‘conservative’ churches there are sometimes more liberal congregations, or most importantly more welcoming congregations, and there is definitely a place for you in those church communities.

    Post # 10
    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Religious, don’t go to church, support gay rights. I think you can find a good non-denominational church that won’t condemn you:) It might take some time, but it’ll be worth it. I don’t avoid church because of the people, per se: I just prefer to worship in private.

    Post # 11
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think Unitarian churches tend to be pretty open minded. You could check them out and see if they fit your needs.

    Post # 12
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I was raised very strict catholic. Went to catholic school and attended church every Sunday. Unfortunately my church and my parents are against gay rights but I am very very much for them. I am probably not going to get married in my church because of their beliefs. It just makes me sick over some of the things religious groups do and say to belittle other human brings and their beliefs. 

    Post # 13
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    This is ABSOLUTELY true. I was anti-Christianity for a while because I had only been exposed to conservative, anti gay-rights churches. After college, though, I discovered a ton of liberal Christians. I’m now more or less Lutheran (it’s complicated), and my church absolutely supports gay rights. My husband is actually a Lutheran pastor. It depends on the church, but being anti-gay rights would be pretty contrary to the Lutheran theology. Of course, there are bound to be some congregations that do not, but on a whole, the church does. I would definitely not feel comfortable attending a church that did not support gay rights. 

    As for other open, friendly denominations, Episcopalians, Unitarian Universalists and United Church of Christ tend to be pretty socially liberal, as well as many other protestant religions. If you are looking for the “high church” feel of the rituals of Catholicism without the homophobia,  then Episcopalianism might be a good fit for you. Let me know if you have any questions or want any other suggestions. I can ask my husband; he tends to be a good resource for such matters :).

    Post # 14
    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    What I dont understand is why a church would not allow you to join if you were gay? I mean really, there are only about 4 places where gay sex is mentioned and from memory the 2 strict ones are OT (so dont count anymore, right?) one NT is talking about sex with BOYS (which IMO is more about sex with children than homosexual sex) and the other places is Jesus saying that yes you are a sinner, but I still love and forgive you… things like pre-marital sex, being drunk and dressing in an immodest (spelling?) fashion are mentioned more in the bible than gay sex is. A woman who is not a virgin on her wedding night deserves to be stoned to death according to the OT!! But you can still attend church and are welcomed in most churches if you are guilty of these other sins. What makes homosexuality so much worse?

    Does not make any sense to me. One of the many reasons I walked away from Christianity. Being Agnostic brings me far more peace!

    Post # 15
    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Fiance and I are members of the Methodist Church, though we don’t attend regularly.  While it doesn’t [yet–we’ll get there] allow gay clergy, in general it’s a fairly progressive denomination.  The Episcopalians (especially) and Presbyterians do allow gay clergy and would probably be even more welcoming to you and your partner.

    ETA: Depending on where you are, I find that non-denominationals tend to be evangelical and very conservative–but I’m sure they’re not all like that.  A good way to get a feel for a church is to find its website and read its mission statements and the like.

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