RD: "I 'Came Out' For Marriage Equality": An Anti-Gay Activist Changes His Mind
May 25, 2011
I Came Out For Marriage Equality: An Anti-Gay Activist Changes His Mind
By Welton Gaddy
Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy leads the national nonpartisan grassroots and
educational organizations The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith
Alliance Foundation and serves as the Pastor for Preaching and Worship at
Northminster (Baptist) Church in Monroe, Louisiana. Rev. Gaddy is the host
of State of Belief, a weekly radio show.
[Note: The following rush transcript may not be a perfect reproduction of
the above audio ed.]
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One of the most frustrating things about todays political rhetoric is the
entrenched nature of those who argue any side of an issue. Political leaders
and the media provide a bounty of messages to support a position, and it is
profoundly easy to consume only opinions one already agrees with.
There are times that it feels as if we are at a permanent stalemate
regarding some of the biggest issues facing our society and our nation.
That is precisely why I was fascinated to read, early last month, that a
respected, successful strategist and activist for a prominent issue dared to
grapple with his own conscience and, despite a good deal of fear and
concern, publicly distance himself from the work he had been doing.
The activist is Louis J. Marinelli, and the issue is marriage equality.
In the summer of 2010, it was impossible not to see headlines about the
Summer of Marriage Tour, as powerful messages opposing same-gender marriage
proliferated online and with a physical traveling bus tour.
When so much of todays activism is spoken of in terms of war and battle,
with a faceless enemy determined to destroy all thats good, how does one
come to see opponents as individual human beings, people of value and worth,
deserving of respect and consideration, of empathy and even support?
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