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What Is At Stake In The Prop 8 Trial?

Thank you for this. I think it is useful to remember (as your guest did at the end) that GLBT families have kids too: adopted, fostered, IVF, or our own from previous relationships. The American Academy of Pediatrics has found that legal protections including marriage are good for kids in GLBT families (PEDIATRICS Vol. 118 No. 1 July 2006, pp. 349-364 ).

I'm not really clear on the Prop8 defenders' logic. Do the proponents of Prop8 really think that banning marriage equality will lead to more kids being born to straight couples? Do they think that GLBT families will stop having kids? Or do they think that GLBT people who can't marry each other will marry people of the opposite sex in order to have children? (And would they want their daughter to marry a gay man and have his children for that reason?) I am not sure they have thought this through.

the FACT is that marriage strengthens all families-- it doesn't harm any of them. And it's good for ALL our kids.

January 13, 2010 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Bible And Homosexuality

Actually, it's not true that GLBT people are more affluent. The well-off childless professionals are a small part of the community.

A useful video on the topic of religious acceptance and marginalization is "For the Bible tells me so".

It is true that faith groups with higher levels of education tend towards more acceptance of GLBT, though it's not a perfect correlation.

January 8, 2010 at 9:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Bible And Homosexuality

Great show. I couldn't get through on the phone but I have a couple of comments.

1) The Author should be careful not to use "Christian" as such a general term. There are LOTS of Christians who do not mis-use the Bible against the GLBT community--not just individuals, but denominations. The United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church are two notable examples, but there are others.

In fact, the Episcopal Church Cathedral of St Paul's in San Diego fields one of the largest, if not THE largest, contingent at the annual Pride parade. Those lining the parade route are so grateful for their witness.

On the other hand, one of the fundamentalist protesters at this year's Pride Parade yelled angrily at the Dean of the Cathedral, "If your God doesn't know hate, then you don't know God!"

That may sum up the difference between denominations and the author should be sensitive to it, and not use the word "Christian" so generally. The fundamentalist view point does NOT define "Christian".

2) It seems to me that it is perfectly consistent to read Paul as writing against promiscuity. It's likely that his only experience of overt homosexuality was promiscuous temple prostitutes. He says nothing about faithfully partnered gay people.

I join my more conservative brethren in criticizing promiscuity and casual sex. That's why marriage is so important for gay folks as well as straight, to support and promote stable faithful relationships. Speaking as one of the 18,000 couples married during the California Interregnum, i can attest to the value of marriage to me personally, to my wife and family, and to my GLBT brothers and sisters.

3) Those interested in the theology might be interested in a scholarly treatise, "Reasonable and Holy: Engaging Same-sexuality" by Tobias Stanislas Haller, BSG. The author is an Episcopal Priest.

Again thanks for handling this with some sensitivity to both sides.

January 7, 2010 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )