I am an LGBTQ ally. If you know me you know this. I am thrilled that gay and lesbian people are now being afforded the right to marry.
It is saddening to see that so many people are less than happy about this decision and using their faith as the reasoning for their opinion.
The area in which I live is heavily Christian- and that is great. No problem. But what I have an issue with is Christians expecting everyone else to abide by their version of morality-- because the bible said so.
My faith religious belief does not impact my support for gay marriage at all-- as my faith is mine no one else's. And even if my faith dictated that gay an lesbian people should not be allowed to marry based on the bible it still does not impact the secular rights that need to be afforded to all people.
This is one of the greatest things about America-- we have a separation of church and state. Church beliefs do not get to impact state laws. Not everyone has the same faith or beliefs even if they have the same holy book- and as we cannot email G-d and ask for clarification the best thing we can do is to offer love and acceptance. I firmly believe that love will be more acceptable to G-d than condemnation and judgement.
Just because the bible says that we must "keep holy the sabbath" we do not have laws that force people to go to church (or other house of worship)
Some people cite that G-d calls homosexuality an abomination--- well there are a bunch of things that are said to be an abomination to G-d.
Proverbs 12:22 "lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight" where is the outcry against dishonesty (have we seen what happens in politics?)
Proverbs 6:5 "Everyone who is proud of heart is an abomination to the LORD, Assuredly he will not be unpunished"
I can keep listing these quotes--- (thanks Mom and Dad for religious education-- see I did pay attention)
If so many things are an abomination to G-d why are we so obsessed with this one? Why is this one the lightening rod? Why are we so convinced that we need prevent other people from entering a loving committed marriage and enjoying the legal benefits that come because of it?
If people are/were making a push to force a church or house of faith to wed a gay couple then I would support the church-- as a private house of faith they have the right to stick to whatever they believe- without government interference.
It does go both ways though-- if the government cannot force a church to marry a gay couple then a religion cannot force a government not to marry a gay couple.
Separation of church and state is a fantastic thing. The ruling has literally NO impact on anyone who is not LGBTQ and does not want to get married.
In a follow up post I will address how the SCOTUS ruling is not violating states rights.