We often hear from the “Christian” right that homosexuality is a choice condemned by God and that those who “choose” that lifestyle are somehow an affront to their religious freedom. They make the claim that allowing same-sex marriage somehow cheapens their traditional marriage.
They say that the Bible forbids it referring to passages from the Old Testament that are ambiguous at best and ignoring the fact that Jesus said that he was sent to make a new covenant and that the old covenant (the Old Testament) was no longer applicable. They also ignore the fact that he never is attributed with a single statement about homosexuality.
A woman identified only as a gay Christian has posted a poignant video to YouTube telling those “Christians” how it makes her feel to hear them condemn her as she sits among them worshiping the same God they profess to follow.
She recounts how she realized as a child that she was not like other people, knowing even then that she was attracted to others of the same-sex.
“I’ve basically spent my entire life sitting in church pews being told I am broken.”
She tells them that she understands how they feel the way they do and that she will never be able to hate them for it and asks only that they open their minds to understand her in the same way that she understands them.
She tells them that she did not choose to be gay noting that all her life she has heard people talk of not being able to choose who they love and hearing that she is somehow an exception to that and chooses who she loves.
“How do you think an 11 year-old could choose this?” She asks. “If I could choose, why would I choose the hardest path?”
She goes on to note that the path she has supposedly chosen is one marked by judgement and hatred from others, one that creates a schism between herself and family and friends.
She goes on:
“I’ve spent my years so far living as a secret. You don’t know it but you’ve unknowingly spoken to me about how much of a disgrace I am. You say I ruin the meaning of relationships and sometimes I even hear you say God hates me.”
She ends by telling them that she believes that God loves her and them the same and hopes that they can at least agree on that.