Post # 107
what value to society does a marriage between a man and a women hold? what is it about a man and a women together that’s more powerful than a man and a man, or a woman and a woman?
i live in Brighton, the ‘Gay Capital’ of the UK and it is hands down the friendliest, most supportive, culturally aware city I have ever been to. There is no judgement in Brighton. Man walking down the street in a top hat? no one bats an eyelid. The 80 year old raver who dances in the street – local hero. A man with a skateboarding dog! Completely normal.
There is so much acceptance and love in this city that it makes me proud to be a part of it.
Their value to society? Proof that love can conquer all.
We even have a statue to show our equality. Love is love is love.
Post # 108
you just successfully made me want to visit Brighton!
Post # 109
you should!! it’s just incredible.
Post # 110
It is true, you can be an Orthodox Christian and be gay. However, if you are engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage, you cannot receive communion. This is especially so if you have confessed to your spiritual father, yet continue to ilve the same lifestyle.
The same is also true for heterosexual members of the church. If you are an Orthodox Christian and you know that you are engaging in any sexual activity outside of the Sacrament of marriage, you may not receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
It sounds very harsh, and like a Catch-22 (You can’t be in a homosexual relationship because you aren’t married, yet you can’t get married because you are in a homosexual relationship) but in our faith “marriage” is a term created by God. It is very hard to understand that this term means something completely different than a legal document in the Church. For Orthodox Christians, it is a promise to God, a covenant with God, that you will live your life in the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that you are married (even though this will seem VERY outdated) to have children and raise them in the faith.
(This is not my personal opinion, but rather what I have been taught during my theological studies. I go to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and my fiance is striving to be ordained a priest after we are married, God willing).
Post # 111
I’m a Catholic and I support gay rights. I believe several Bible passages can (and have) been interpreted in different ways. I believe judgment should be left up to God alone and that the most important message of my religion is to love others and treat them with respect and dignity.
Post # 112
I was raised mormon- who belives ” its not wrong to be Gay/have gay feelings- but it is wrong to act on those feelings or have gay relations.” :S :/
So althrough highschool and most of college- I didn’t know what I belived exactly sometimes I went with what my church said. Sometimes I supported and sometimes I didn’t support it as being right but said that they should be able to be married or at least have a civil unuion for legal justice’s to be done to them.
A few days ago my Best friend ( and man of honor ) finally came out.
I d.k if this is wrong of me- but I support him 100%. I want for him to be happy. He wants to be married- I want that for him..
so now even though I am still unsure if I think its right or wrong- I’m placing my judgement aside- cause it really isn’t my place to judge and I am loving my friend and supporting him 100% and uncondtionally.
I know of christian churches that are LGBT friendly =] if I live in utah and have seen those types of churches I’m sure you can find one!
Post # 113
I can see your point of view on this as I have thought of it before beacuse a man can not do what a woman can and woman can not do some thigns that a man can- its just that whole … biological , hormonal, chemstry type thing-
but at the same time- I think the kid will turn out fine in the end- even if it isn’t how its “Supposed” to be.
Post # 114
Honestly, I think it depends on where you live. I live in San Francisco where there’s a huge LGBTQ population, so I feel like churches wouldn’t survive here if they didn’t support gay rights (I don’t go to church, but I do teach at a Catholic school).
FWIW, I voted that I’m not religious and I support gay rights.
Post # 115
The only example I can think of to support your claim is breastfeeding, and even that is a flimsy one because formula is readily available.
The fact that men and women have different biological, hormonal, chemistry-type things has absolutely zero to do with parenting.
Post # 116
- Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.
I am a Wiccan Unitarian Universalist and have always supported gay rights, even when I considered myself Catholic. Fiance considers himself Catholic, but, is also the same way.
Post # 117
The Christian & Straight privilege (because on a topic like this, they go hand-in-hand) in this thread is astounding and makes me very sad. However, it is fantastic to see the support from so many others. 🙂
Everything you’ve said is spot on.
Post # 118
I guess I’m not really being asked because I’m not Christian, I’m Muslim, but I ABSOLUTELY support Gay rights. In my view, you can believe whatever you want. I don’t care if you are against Gay rights, or you support them. But you cross the line for me when you actively try to take away the rights of others. We don’t live in a theocracy so I don’t understand how the Bible, Torah, or Qur’an should have any say in the rights of an individual. I don’t eat pork. Would you want me to decide whether you should be able to eat it? If the answer is no, then I can’t imagine how you should have ANY say on something much more important, something that is a basic right of every human being.
The “you” is the “collective you”.