The religious-right will most likely be up in arms today and blogging, sending out forwards, etc. Whether you believe in gay marriage or not, whether you believe being gay is a sin or not, there are two things that as Christians we can agree on because of the scriptural, logical and moral basis:
1. There are more important issues for Christians to worry about, while we bicker about gay-marriage there are people here in the U.S. in severe poverty growing in numbers who aren’t sure where their next meal will come from, people who are dying and cannot afford to see a doctor…the list goes on
2. Homosexuals should be treated with the same respect, love and compassion as any other of our neighbors and no distinction should be made in God-given rights to live as we choose.
Here’s what President Obama said concerning the topic and his own beliefs: “The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the golden rule — you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” he said. “And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president.”
From NY Times:
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.
“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Mr. Obama told ABC News in an interview that came after the president faced mounting pressure to clarify his position.
Mr. Obama said his views had changed over the years, in part because of prodding from friends who are gay and conversations with his wife and daughters.
“I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient,” Mr. Obama said. “I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that invokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.”
But he added that “I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally.”
The president stressed the tension he felt between the desire to treat people equally and respect for those whose religious beliefs lead them to oppose same-sex marriage.
“The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the golden rule — you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” he said. “And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president.”
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