As a US citizen born under the 14th Amendment and as a socially liberal progressive Baptist who came around to an egalitarian view on LGBT rights, I was happy to hear of the Supreme Court’s decision on
Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing marriage equality nationwide, for the sake of friends who’ve dealt with discrimination on this front. I won’t retread lengthy old arguments on how being LGBT-friendly is compatible with Christianity; suffice it to say that modern homosexuality is very different from that condemned in Scripture, and acceptance of equality is undoubtedly the loving act in this context. I do want to update my old links on this topic with some fresh material:
- In light of recent events is a sermon on this and other things by our old pastor, Dr. Jim Somerville, whose insights into these issues in the grander Baptist context I value greatly.
- 40 answers for Kevin DeYoung, in which Christian author Ben Irwin answers a series of confrontational questions on gay marriage.
- Gordon Atkinson on how marriage equality won’t change much for the day to day straight churchgoer, but greatly affects homosexual couples who have suffered past discrimination.
- Christians, Here’s Why You Don’t Have to be Afraid to Support Gays, by Susan Cottrell, author of “Mom, I’m Gay” — also see her resources for LGBT individuals, their parents, and more.
- A Mennonite’s letter to the beloved church.
- Where the Spirit Moves- Loving LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers