In the coming election cycle, a significant voting block of people of faith will likely vote against the full equality and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender people because of their religious convictions.
I was raised religiously and can very well relate. There came a time in my life experience that I evolved enough to have the courage to follow my own true feelings. I had a relative in my past who was gay. He was a very caring person, with flaws, like everyone, and because of my own religious training and lack of understanding, I misjudged him.
I don't feel that way anymore.
In Revelation 1:8, the Lord says "I am the alpha and the omega, the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty."
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed "We hold these truths to be self-evident . . . that all men are created equal."
To me, that is very clear.
After many years of reflection on those writings, I understand that to mean that God is all there is; that we are all a part of God and perfect in our own way of being.
The time has come for us to have the courage to stand for the important changes that will be good for all people.
In November, I will be voting for marriage equality for all people.
Lou Giard, Turner