One Catholic’s Non-Traditional View on Gay Marriage
When the Supreme Court announced their decision earlier this week to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act by 5-4 margin, there were equal amounts of joy and celebration from those who supported the decision, along with disdain and disappointment in the system from those who opposed it. Then there were / are those who support the decision, despite the fact it goes against the teaching of their religion. I am one of those people.
I'll be honest, I wrestled with the idea of writing this blog for a couple of days. I'm a firm believer that what you believe is what you believe, and that it's no one's business but yours (at the risk of contradicting myself, I wish more people thought that way). Plus, who am I? Nothing more than just an everyday "Joe", with the a platform to share my thoughts much like you or anyone else can on their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
So why then? Because I also feel that while its not always the easiest thing to do, sometimes speaking out with a viewpoint that goes against a cultural norm is the right thing to do.
I really have no idea where this is going to go from here. I haven't planned it out all the way through, instead choosing to simply sit and type, letting the myriad of thoughts swirling through my head sort themselves out as I go. Hopefully they all make sense in the end.
What I do know is that I'm going to make a conscious effort not to use this space to quote Bible verses that contradict other verses people have used to argue their point on the issue. There's more than enough of that on internet as it is. We all know the Bible says a lot of things. Things that can be interpreted a million different ways, by a million different people. My goal here, for whatever reason, is to explain why I think the way I do, even though it may not be the most popular opinion among those who share my religion.
I don't want to stereotype here. I realize there are probably millions of other Catholics out there who feel the way I do. But it seems like you don't hear from them. Like so many other hot button topics, those with the loudest voices and most outrageous opinions are the one's who get heard.
Looking back on my opening paragraph (remember, I'm just kind of going with the flow here), to say I "support" gay marriage may be a bit of a stretch, depending on how you define the word. To me it means to be on the front lines, waving the flag for the cause, something I've not done. I didn't change my Facebook profile pic to the popular red equal sign, and I've not really voiced an opinion until now. On the flip side, I'm not against it either. The best way to describe my stance is that I'm "OK" with it.