How ironic that an organization that just celebrated the election of its first black president s now declaring that same sex marriage is not a civil right. One step forward, two steps back.
"The resolution, passed nearly unanimously, reiterates the denomination’s long-held belief that marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful,” the Associated Press reports. It also says, “It is regrettable that homosexual rights activists and those who are promoting the recognition of ‘same-sex marriage’ have misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Watch Rev. Fred Luter Jr. explain his and the Southern Baptist Convention's position on gay marriage during an interview on CNN's Starting Point.
Sigh...how many times do we have to go through this same song and dance? We are talking about CIVIL rights, not RELIGIOUS rights. Believe it or not, there is a difference. If your holy book tells you that gays and our sexual/romantic relationships are "sinful" and "wrong"--nice that the good reverend hid behind the old "I think what God thinks" mentality, but I digress--and you cannot allow our abominable nature to be sanctioned in your sanctuary, then so be it. But outside of your church walls, you have no right to tell other consenting adults what to do with their personal lives, so long as they aren't forcing anyone to do anything against their will.
Rev. Luter says he and the Southern Baptist Convention say they love LGBT folks and have gone on record saying they don't endorse any hate speech or bigotry. That's all well and very good; but how can you say you love us when can't exercise enough critical thought to separate what the secular laws of the country should say from your own personal faith that is not based on anything tangible save for your own tingly subjective experiences?