In a recent interview, I asked 31-year-old Kimberly about her experiences with church. She is currently not a church-goer, but was once upon a time. But a time came with she realized she was gay, and this was unacceptable to the church.
Many churches don’t realize, however, that homosexuality referenced in the Bible is much different than the monogamous relationships and gay marriage we are familiar with today. For years, women were exchanged as property to men in marriage. It was a form of survival, since women had no rights.
Also, the idea that homosexuals could have a monogamous relationship wasn’t understood until the 19th century. Most of what’s mentioned in the Bible, such as Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, is referenced to sexual relations with multiple partners.
Gay feelings and monogamous relationships aren’t mentioned in the Bible, and many believe God will bless a monogamous, God-centered gay marriage the same as a homosexual marriage.
Homosexuality also occurs in natural in thousands of species as a means for survival. For instance, if a parent dies then a homosexual is often there to help take care of the young. Gay couples then serve a large part in the adoption world, and many of them have happy, healthy children.
Despite the evidence, many churches still interpret the negative aspects of homosexuality (since all of the few passages on the topic are negative) as being forbidden, many Christians believe gay Christians should remain celibate. This is an unnatural thing to ask for, and can be argued in the passages about marriage.