Updated 2.15 – On Thursday, the Illinois Senate voted on and passed SB – 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. It now moves on to the House where it will await a final vote before becoming law. The bill, if passed, will grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry in the State of Illinois. The bill will not, however, require any clergy to perform marriage ceremonies against their faith traditions. I write this letter of support as a Christian lay person aware of the movement within many churches toward welcoming all of God’s children as we are, regardless of our sexual orientation.
Updated 11.5.13 – With today’s historic vote, my home state of Illinois will become the 15th state make Marriage Equality the law.
Many of the arguments over same-sex marriage and homosexuality center on religion. As a religious person who also believes in equality regardless of sexual orientation, this is disheartening. However, I know that any frustration I may feel regarding this debate pales in comparison to the hurt that many of my LGBT friends have experienced over a lifetime. It is with great respect for brothers and sisters truly at the heart of this issue that I hope to offer something constructive to the conversation. What follows are responses to some common “faith” based arguments regarding homosexuality, and four reasons why I feel compelled as a Christian to voice support for marriage equality.