More Evangelicals, Mormons and Catholics Supporting LGBT Rights

Recently, there has been a controversy where a Christian public official named Kim Davis went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married.  For weeks I would open up my Facebook page and found many of my gay and lesbian friends offering their opinions of Kim Davis and the homophobia in many conservative Christian churches.  This Kim Davis episode reminds me a lot of the 1950s and 1960s of the resistance of segregationist Southerners to the Supreme Court ruling Brown versus the Board of Education, which ruled that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional.

Kim Davis and her supporters give the impression that all Christians are against marriage equality.  In reality, a growing number of Christians in all denominations are supporting LGBT rights and marriage equality.  As more Christians know an LGBT friend, coworker, or family member, they are much more likely to support LGBT rights.

In 2008, the Evangelical, Mormon, and Catholic Churches successfully lobbied in California for the passage of Proposition 8, which outlawed same sex marriage in that state.  An Evangelical friend of mine told me that a week before the elections, his pastor preached a sermon urging his congregation to support the proposition.  Though the 3 denominations were the leading proponents of Prop 8, I personally knew Catholics, Mormons and Evangelicals who supported LGBT rights and disagreed with their church’s support of the discriminatory measure.

Seven years have passed and all three denominations are seeing growing support among its members for both LGBT rights and marriage equality.  Ever since Pope Francis began his papacy and made his famous “Who am I to judge?” remark, he has made an effort to highlight the contributions of LGBT Catholics and has opened space within the Catholic Church for advocates of LGBT equality to speak out.  The Mormon Church has also seen more Mormons advocating for LGBT rights, and the Church itself has supported laws that fight LGBT discrimination in the workplace (though it still is against marriage equality).  Though over 70% of older Evangelicals are still against LGBT rights and marriage equality, almost 50% of younger Evangelicals support LGBT rights and marriage equality.  The generation gap among Evangelicals can be explained by the fact that the younger generation grew up with gay and lesbian friends and family members, and they witnessed the damage that anti-LGBT church teaching caused to both the LGBT and the Evangelical community.

Here are some youtube videos of LGBT Christians and straight Christian allies expressing their support of LGBT rights and marriage equality.

The purpose of The NALT Christians Project is to give LGBT-affirming Christians a means of sharing their belief that there is nothing anti-biblical or sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The NALT Christians Project works to refute the widespread belief that Christianity is synonymous with anti-gay bigotry. They seek to counteract the destructive effects on all young people of the message that God condemns and rejects LGBT people.  Here is a youtube video of Dan Savage explaining the NALT Christians Project

A 2013 video by the Evangelical Network about Evangelical Christians who support LGBT rights

A youtube video of LGBT Catholics and their lives in the Roman Catholic Church

Affirmations works for the understanding and acceptance of gays and lesbians as full, equal and worthy persons within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and society, and to help them realize and affirm self-worth.

A transgender member of the Catholic LGBT rights group Dignity talks about what he would want in a dialogue between transgender Catholics and the Church hierarchy.

 

 

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I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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