I don’t support gay marriage.
The reason why is not because I’m trying to deprive gay people of happiness.
The reason why is because of my Catholic faith:
Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2357
I say this as a prelude to expressing my thoughts on National Coming Out Day, in order to let everyone reading this post know:
Though I don’t support gay marriage, that doesn’t mean I don’t want gay people to be treated with respect and love — treated like the beings created in the image and likeness of God that all people are.
God created mankind in His image.
~ Genesis 1:27
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
~ Jeremiah 1:5
Nobody should fear “coming out” for any reason.
It is the duty of Christians to create and cultivate an environment where all people are aware of their inherent dignity and value. (Genesis 1:31)
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of instances where such an environment is not created or cultivated:
Whatever you did to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did to me.
~ Matthew 25:40
Today (October 11th), on National Coming Out Day, may Christians remember these words:
“Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, Lord,” she answered.
“Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.”
~ John 8:11