Film Argues That Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

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For the Bible Tells Me So, a documentary that seeks to make the case that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, is making the rounds at film festivals and screenings in select cities.

The 97-minute film weaves biblical analysis with the stories of five Christian families who learn that one of their children is gay.

Two of the families have well-known members: former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, whose daughter Chrissy is a lesbian, and Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson, who made headlines as the church's first openly gay bishop.

The documentary traces each family's experience of wrestling with how their child's sexuality fits in with their religious beliefs. Some come to accept it; others continue to love their children while still believing that homosexuality is wrong.

One parent's strained relationship with her daughter ends with the girl's suicide. That mother, Mary Lou Wallner, becomes a gay rights activist.

"The gay kids are in the film, but it's really about those parents," said the film's director, Daniel Karslake, at a discussion following the film's Washington premiere.

"The film was made with a conservative Christian audience in mind," Karslake said. His expectation was that those viewers would identify with the parents in the film as they struggled to reconcile their faith with the sexuality of their children. …