Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

By Robert E. Shore-Goss; Thomas Bohache et al. | Go to book overview

16 An Inclusive Table:
Same-Sex Marriage

Neil Thomas

Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; wherever you
go I will go, and wherever you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my
people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will
I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts
me from you.

—Ruth 1:16–17

Same-sex marriage or marriage equality has become both a theological and social issue in this new millennium. Across the world, its impact is finding itself firmly planted in both the political and secular spheres as well as the LGBTQ civil rights movement. This has not always been the case. In the United States the move toward marriage equality has been resisted, specifically among the LGBTQ equality organizations and became clearly evidenced in the actions of much of the leadership that have organized the several March on Washington events. The content of these events have often laid out their agenda for LGBTQ civil rights in the United States and the resistance to any mention of marriage equality as a potential issue is well understood.

Of course the resistance to a move toward marriage equality in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, specifically among the early LGBTQ leaders, has its roots in at least two arenas. The first would be a sense of our own internalized homophobia; the unrealized internal messages that have been absorbed by our interactions with the general populous that we are not worthy of equality, and, therefore, we do not move

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