First, I would like to start off by saying that I KNOW this is a very controversial topic. Many people will not agree with me at all, and I will probably get a lot of hate.
To begin, I think that everybody should know where I stand religiously. I am a Christian. That plays a very important role in what I am going to talk about now.
As the title of this take entails, I am here to talk about my stance on gay marriage/gay rights. Considering I am a Christian, I believe this may surprise some of you.
I am not against them. Not completely, anyways. I've been struggling with this for awhile now. I have grown up going to church, always being told that being gay is WRONG. But, as I've gotten a bit older, my view began to change.
I do not want to demoralize gay people. I do not want to put them down. I love them just as much as I love any other person. My personal belief is that nobody should be put down for how they feel. If somebody is gay, the DO NOT deserve to be alienated because of it.
Christians are supposed to be accepting, loving, helpful, compassionate. But, over the years, I believe some of us have developed a very hateful point of view. By not letting somebody marry the person that they love, how are we really being accepting or compassionate? By taking away somebody's shot at happiness, how are we encompassing all that it means to be a Christian? By telling somebody that they are going to hell because of who they've fallen in love with, how is that fair?
I do not believe that being gay earns you a straight way ticket to eternal damnation. What if a gay person is also a devoted Christian? I believe that they are still loved by God and will be accepted.
Conflicting emotions definitely go on inside me. My parents are completely against gay people. My dad makes the most HORRIBLE comments. And I never, ever speak up. That's why I'm here now. I want people to know how I feel.
I want everyone to know that I do, to an extent, support gay rights. The Bible strictly prohibits them...and this is where my internal conflicts arise. Am I wrong for thinking this way? Perhaps I am. But this is how I feel.
I simply want to be known as a girl who accepts everybody, no matter who they are, or who they love. People may not even read this take, but that's okay. I just want it out there. I needed to get this off of my chest.