Four years ago my husband and I adopted a nine-year-old boy. He'd been taken from his biological family when he was three and shuttled through six different foster homes in six years.
The three of us have worked very hard to create our family. Our son has added to our lives in ways we could never have imagined. We love him very much.
This year our son, who is now thirteen, came out to us. Our son is gay. We are fine with this.
The amazing thing about our boy is that he goes to school every day and lives his life true to himself. He's a happy child. He writes poetry. He skips. He's a track star. He excels at algebra. He loves the Stylistics. He has a blinding smile. Most of the kids at his school love him. But some of the boys call him "faggot." Yesterday our usually sunny boy, all five feet four inches of him, came home staring at the ground, visibly upset. Some of the boys at school were taunting him with cries of Yes on 8, the California proposition aimed at eliminating the right to marry for those who want to marry another of the same gender. The boys were punished by the school, but the damage was done.
Who are these followers of Jesus Christ who would tell my son, taken from his family at three, and homeless until he was nine, that he cannot marry and have a family of his own?
Why? What is the defect that renders our son a second class citizen without the rights to love another fully and openly, with the same privileges and protections afforded to others?
Jesus spoke in no uncertain terms about these pious people in Matthew 23.
For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.Please vote against Prop 8. Prop 8 does not protect children. Proposition 8 crushes children. It tells some of our children that they are not as good as other children, that they don't deserve marriage and family.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Matthew 23:4, 13-15 KJV
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