A Lutheran’s perspective on gay rights

Natalie Larimer, Staff Writer

Less than half of the states have legalized gay marriage, but it’s not legal in most. Which is dumb. And here’s why.

First thing’s first. I am a Lutheran. That falls under Protestantism and Christianity. If there is confusion, see the flowchart above. I am arguing this speaking as a Christian.

Church and state are constitutionally supposed to be separate. I have never heard an argument against gay marriage that hasn’t been based on religion. Even if they say it’s based on morals, most morals are (usually) set by religion. There is literally no argument against gay marriage that I can think of that isn’t quoting the Bible or your morals.

Hang on, I have to address the moral issue. “People need to think more about where their morals are coming from,” junior Jorjia Vawter said. “If you haven’t set them yourself, you’ve adopted them from your religion.” Vawter and I believe that simply having morals because of religion means they aren’t really your morals. If you just copy and paste them from your religion because that’s just what people have told you to think, then I think you’re being sort of lazy. Yes, you can in fact have the same morals of your religion if you truly believe in them, but that’s just not what most people do. Arguments could be made but let’s move on.

Okay. The Bible says that homosexuality is wrong. It also says hating people is as bad as murder. So please tell me why Christians are kicking their children out of their houses because they’re gay.

According to my Lutheranism, all sins are equal in God’s eyes. So saying a swear word is equal to robbing a bank. (No don’t go rob a bank, I’m elaborating on my point.) He loves everyone equally, that’s his whole thing. So saying “God hates gays” is extremely incorrect. He hates the sin, loves the sinner. Everyone sins, everyone sucks. Get over it.

Not to turn this around or anything, but divorce is also mentioned as wrong in the Bible. In Luke 16:18, “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.” That’s in the New Testament. Most arguments are structured like, “We’ll if you quote Leviticus…” because Leviticus is pretty much the “this is what’s illegal” book in the Old Testament. Generally, people look at the Old Testament and pull the laws out of there to argue against homosexuality. Well according to the Old Testament, your cotton-polyester blend is punishable by death (Leviticus 19:19). Homosexuality is also mentioned in the New Testament, but I’m just trying to put it into perspective.

Since homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible, then it’s not some new 21st century thing. People always say, “we didn’t have those gays running around in my day” or something along the lines of that. Well you did, they just hid it better because it was less accepted back then.

I firmly believe that gay marriage should be legal. When you think about it, we are saying love is illegal. Love. In 50 years, we are all going to look back and say, “Wow I can’t believe that was illegal back then.” Let’s make that fewer than 50 years.