Comments: Bishop Alan Wilson's Marriage Equality Postbag

"about 80% have been supportive. These include some 20-30 deeply personal testimonies from gay couples, telling of love and faithfulness, sometimes against terrible odds over many years. Legal recognition will not make these relationships stronger, but it will de-stigmatise them." - Bishop Alan Wilson -

What was that in the gospels about "letting the oppressed go free"? This sounds like a very good outcome to me - that monogamously committed gay couples should be allowed to feel part and parcel of a socially well-adjusted community - at last!

Bishop Alan may be provocative in his overt support for Gays, but he certainly seems to be acting on Godly principles. That's my kind of episcopal oversight!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 8:33am GMT

This is also worth looking at in connection with Bishop Alan's blog. There are sufficient examples of the homophobic being caught with their trousers down and other evidence to make this a very likley proposition.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/26/anti-gay-rhetoric-of-religious-leaders

Posted by Richard Ashby at Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 10:10am GMT

I think what happened to break the dam in the USA quite recently was generational change, demographic change, and just the fact that so many gays and lesbians were out and demonstrably not flesh-eating zombies.

Also, it really helped that the defenders of pious homophobia in the USA almost to a person come off as so repulsive, both morally and aesthetically. They appear as either crazy frothing fanatics or as shameless hypocrites. The notorious Phelps tribe differ only by degree rather than in substance from all the others.

Posted by Counterlight at Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 10:07pm GMT

"Either
Homosexuality is a phenomenon against nature, and defies Creation and/or evolution
Or
Homosexuality is a phenomenon within nature, and thus part of Creation and/or evolution

Notoriously, perhaps, the vast majority of people in this country have moved since the 1920’s from the first position towards a more or less grudging conviction of the second. As the first position fades with the generations, simply asserting it louder is in fact driving change forward faster."

Indeed. And I have personally written to Fred Phelps thanking him for all of his work on behalf of gay liberation and to keep up the good work.

I never heard back from him.

Posted by Counterlight at Thursday, 28 February 2013 at 1:53pm GMT

I must drop Fred a line too !


Posted by Laurence Roberts at Monday, 4 March 2013 at 2:08pm GMT
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