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  1. Being gay is not a choice. 
  2. There are gay Christians.
  3.  Gay couples do enter into long-term, committed, loving, and monogamous relationships. 
  4. Every word translated as “homosexual” in the modern versions of the Bible is speaking of same sex behavior in an extreme circumstance. 
  5. The church is not offering a model of being gay and Christian and living a virtuous life before God. 
  6. Asking gay people to deny their natural sexual orientation is destructive. 
  7. Bisexual people are attracted to both sexes in varying degrees.  
  8. There is no “radical gay agenda” and no demand for “special rights.” 
  9. he loss of gay believers to the Church has been tragic. 
  10. The loudest message the gay community hears from Christians is one of intolerance and hatred.
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The former archbishop compared the struggle for LGBT equality to South Africa’s battle to end apartheid.

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven," Tutu said, according to Australia’s Herald Sun. ”No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place… I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

If you don’t know who Tutu is and how renowned he is, you should learn more about him.

More after the jump. From Advocate via Enrique Molina

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A member of my family recently posted a “10 things people should know about homosexuality,” which was an article, by a pastor, that was very homophobic in nature. It made me, a queer Christian, incredibly angry. So I sat down and wrote out a rebuttal using the Bible (and a few resources you wonderful folks provided) to debunk the list and create a new one supporting our community. Anyway, thought you’d like the link to the post: http://disgruntledchristian.tumblr.com/post/55891842870/dear-pastor-mike

Thanks guys! You’re doing such an awesome job. :)

I quite like what this person has written.

Connor

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I’m revisiting the Bible and looking again—with fresh eyes—at what Scripture has to say about gender and sexuality.

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I had a very vivid dream last night, and I had this long conversation with an imaginary preacher. I asked him: 

"Why is it that we base our supernatural beliefs so strongly off a physical book? Is God nothing more than physical words? Is he no more than just verses and scripture? Also, what’s with the whole "he" thing anyway? We can assume Jesus identified as "he" since he refers to himself as such, but God only says "I am." Somehow I don’t think it’s accurate to assume that God is a man, or has a penis, because the only reason our society refers to someone/something as "he" is if they are a man or have a penis and from what I understand, God doesn’t reproduce, God creates. Why is it that we’re constantly limiting teachings and references to only the Bible? Can we not look around and see all the many blessings that are around us and learn from our experiences? Can we not learn from small acts of kindness, good deeds, or love? I don’t think the Bible is complete fallacy, but it is not  right to say that we believe in a supreme being and yet only base the teachings of that being off a physical book that has been changed by man over thousands of years. If we are to truly believe in the word of God then we should have enough faith to believe that the Bible is not the only way of preaching and teaching God’s love. I honestly wasn’t brought to the Lord though the Bible, I was brought to the Lord through the love of my family and the love I experienced around me. I was very young when I accepted Christ, so it’s safe to say I wasn’t looking for an explanation, or answers to some bigger question about life. I wasn’t looking for salvation from Hell (which I probably didn’t even know what that was at the time). I simply wanted to find love, and a place of belonging. How have we gotten to this point? How have we as a people resorted to scare tactics and hate? Love is of God. Why can’t people see it?"

I don’t remember him ever having an answer for me, but a few minutes later, I woke up.

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my pastor analyzed the 6 biblical verses used to condemn homosexuality. it was great. it was also eye opening for those like me, who aren’t gay/lesbian, but must work towards eliminating this use of the bible to bully. 

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matthew 15:8

"these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." maybe it’s already been posted, but it’s my favorite line when talking with a christian who thinks that when jesus said love is the fulfillment of the law he only meant heterosexual love

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A beautiful video message from Believe Out Loud with pastors outside the Supreme Court, talking about marriage equality and what they would like to say to the LGBT community!