- by Alison Wisneski -
"I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs -- I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are."
And, if you’re someone identifying or an ally for the LGBTQ community, this is basically already old news for you. But then, last night (Tuesday, March 19), something magical happened.
Now, I am not one to cheer on someone being “served,” for the most part. But when it comes to someone making the overriding assumption that all who identify as Christian (or theologically sound for that matter) are against marriage equality and civil rights for all, I have to say that watching them be corrected puts a little pep in my step. Call me a bad person, call me mean, whatever. Join the club. But first, listen to what I’m gonna tell ya.
A man stood up after Bell gave a compelling talk on his new book, “What We Talk About When We Talk About God,” to ask him a question. He asked Bell to address the misquote that he had heard. He said “Someone said you said you supported marriage equality.” Bell then stated “No, someone didn’t say that. I said that.” He then explained his stance the same, eloquent way he did on Sunday, and it was beautiful and met with an uproar of applause from the crowd.
But honestly, during a time when churches are seeing a decline in membership and popularity as the social norm shifts toward that of an equality-based lifestyle, there’s no better time to come out in support of marriage equality. As I stated in my previous blog, nothing turns the LGBTQ community off more than the reminder that the Christian church as a whole hasn’t been the most welcoming -- hello, reparative therapy!? We haven’t forgotten about you! This is the time – today is the day where churches need to take off their blinders and see that the times they are a’changing, and “we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it” isn’t a mantra we’re interested in letting go of (neither am I, obviously). A church and its congregation don’t have to be gay to support gay – and by support, I mean recognize we exist and not gasp when we hold hands in the sanctuary. Honestly, I think my tone has changed since we last talked, readers. We’re here, we’re queer, and I don’t know why you’re not used to it yet.
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Alison Wisneski is a part-time marathoner, a full-time Britney Spears fan, and a seminary student at Iliff School of Theology. She has written and adores associating with Thought Catalog, Autostraddle, and Out Front Colorado, and has written her first book, "Ask a Lesbian," available via amazon.com in February 2013. Read/comment on/follow/stalk her top-rated LesbianBlogs.org blog at http://willrunforfoodandbeer.wordpress.com, tweet her sweet nothings @alisonwisneski, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org