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A Nation Divided: Gay Marriage
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A Nation Divided: Gay Marriage
Yesterday, West Hollywood was Celebration Ground Zero. Party! Party! With the L.A. Pride Parade attracting over 400,000 LGBT enthusiasts in West Hollywood just a couple of weeks ago, the news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to kick the case concerning gay marriage back to California set off a whole new round of jubilee.
But everybody’s not celebrating.
We Do Not All Agree
One thing’s for sure on California’s Proposition 8 and gay marriage: We do not all agree. Got it? We do not agree. So, let’s please stop with all the hate mail, hate posts, hate, hate, hate, on both sides. We do not agree. We are a state and nation divided.
Millions of California voters approved Proposition 8 in 2008 which states that marriage is only between one man and one woman. This came after the state supreme court ruled gay marriage to be legal. Voters said marriage is between man and woman. Courts said not so fast. Division.
2 gay couples sued, and a judge in the 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. This ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court, which didn’t rule on the constitutionality of Prop 8; but instead ruled that the case was improperly before the high court. They kicked the case back to San Francisco, which had already ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional.
Not Going to Happen
I listened to the radio yesterday and there were heated arguments on both sides – with a lot of name-calling and not a lot of mutual discussion.
Here’s my 2 cents: A 9th District Court ruling in San Francisco is not going to convince millions of people that God’s Word should be thrown out the window. Not going to happen.
At the same time, holding up God’s Word as a standard is not going to convince millions of people that gay marriage should be thrown out the window. Not going to happen. Why are we screaming at each other as if that’s going to change our minds?
So, where do we go from here? Let’s start with the truth: We are not going to agree. But why should I have to agree with you in order to be in the same room with you? I don’t get it. I believe that Jesus is the Messiah. You may not. Does that mean we can’t have a decent, slur-free conversation?
I’m not trying to over-simplify this. I’m getting at a deeper relational issue. Folks start talking about homosexuality and lose their minds. But we have a nation divided on a whole lot of issues. Look at that map above. Does it not look like the division of Democrats vs. Republicans?
Agreement Is Not A Prerequisite
Agreement is not a prerequisite for being able to live together in the same nation. Agreement is not a prerequisite for being able to live together in the same house. My husband and I don’t agree on a lot of things, but we have daily made a choice to love each other and stay married for 12 years.
Stop. The. Madness. Fam.
I ain’t arguing with folks. There will be no hatred spewed on my blog. Pull it together! That’s all I’m saying on that. I’m about to be late for my lunch meeting. Gotta go!
Lots of love from the LaLa,
Rev. Naima Lett, D.MIN, ABD
Author of coming release Confessions of a Hollywood Christian