Gay Rights in the Church-Abby Kellen & Mackenzie Wenck

Posted on December 11, 2014 by

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There has always been controversy in the church about gay marriage but the real question to ask is, why? Why is it looked down upon if two people of the same sex are madly in love and want to get married. There are arguments for and against gay marriage that will never be settled and the topic will always be challenged in every religion.

Gay marriage is talked about in the news very frequently and one of the most talked about gay rights issues was when the vatican shifted their attitudes towards gays. A vatican document stated “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home, are our communities capable of proving that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?” (Raushenbush, Paul Brandeis) This is showing that the Catholic church needs to be open to gay people wanting to be apart of the welcoming community that the Catholic church is supposed to have.

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The picture can speak for itself and has a thousand words but only ten stand out and those are, gays are no less of a human than we are.  “Jesus had 2 dads and He turned out fine” is referring to Jesus having Joseph and God as his fathers and Jesus still impacted the world we live in today while having two fathers. God still created gays in his image to become beautiful people on this world and to make a difference in this world. The picture is inspirational in a way that it can be looked at in many different ways and taken from different perspectives of individuals. Another interpretation of this picture could be that all individuals are the same and no one should be treated differently just because of their sexual orientation.

In the United States, very few gay right movements were attempted until after World War II. “The primary organization acknowledging gay men as an oppressed cultural minority was the Mattachine Society, founded in 1950 by Harry Hay and Chuck Rowland. Other important organizations on the West Coast included One, Inc., founded in 1952, and the first lesbian support network, Daughters of Bilitis, founded in 1955 by Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin” (The Astonishing Actual History Of The Gay Rights Movement). All these groups progressed through meetings and publications and grew stronger and stronger. They began to find support from many organizations and people that were very important.

Most gay kids do not have gay parents, and are too afraid to come out, they feel as if it is a disgrace to most. What they do not know is the stories about the courageous people who stand up for them, and support them in every way. The Declaration of Independence states that: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” (The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription).  These words were written over two-hundred years ago, and even then men and women believed in the importance of equality, if they did not, they would not have stated that in the most important document known to man.  A gay and lesbian anti-violence report states that 75% of hate crimes are committed by people under the age of 30, and one in three are under the age of 18. More than 80% of victims of violent hate crimes never report the incident, because many are afraid they will be “outed” (Morris, Bonnie J).

As for The Catholic Church, they oppose gay marriage and the social acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex relationships, but teaches that homosexual persons deserve respect, justice and pastoral care. The Vatican and Pope John Paul II are speaking out against the growing number of places that recognize same-sex marriages. We will never know if this topic of gay rights will ever be resolved. We can hope that the people who believe in it, fight for it, and that what God wanted will soon be found and peace will be restored (What Does the Bible Say about Same Sex Marriage?).

Works Cited

Morris, Bonnie J. “History of Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Social Movements.” http://www.apa.org. American Psychological Association, n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.<http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/history.aspx>.

Raushenbush, Paul Brandeis. “Vatican Proposes Dramatic Shift In Attitude Towards Gays, Same Sex Couples.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Oct. 2014. Web. 7 Dec. 2014. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/catholic-church-gays-_n_5976134.html?utm_hp_ref=religion>.

“The Astonishing Actual History Of The Gay Rights Movement.” The Dish. N.p., 15 July 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. <http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/07/15/the-astonishing-actual-history-of-the-gay-rights-movement/>.

“The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription.” National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2014. <http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html>.

“What Does the Bible Say about Same Sex Marriage?” Same Sex Marriages, What Does the Bible Say? • ChristianAnswers.Net. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.<http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-f018.html>.

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