Evangelical Leader: Marriage Equality Is Inevitable
March 30, 2011
It’s always refreshing to hear agreement on the inevitability of marriage equality from unlikely places. Influential radio host Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said last month, “I think it’s clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized, and recognized in the culture. It’s time for Christians to start thinking about how we’re going to deal with that.’’
Mohler, who opposes marriage equality, followed up by telling the Boston Globe, “We’re going to be in a minority position. We’re going to have to deal with that while demonstrating the kindness Christians are known for without giving up our convictions.’’
The National Organization for Marriage would strongly disagree with Mohler. They do not see marriage equality as inevitable and tend to bristle as such a suggestion.
But the train has left the station.
As more people get to know their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender co-workers, family members, and friends, the more likely they are to support equality. Public opinion has shifted dramatically. The always reliably nonpartisan Pew Research Center has a 19-point increase in support for marriage equality since 1996. Other major polls, the most recent by the Washington Post/ABC News, highlight the new reality that over 50 percent of the American public support committed, loving gay and lesbian couples getting married.
We have a long way to go. There will continue to be setbacks in gaining marriage equality. But we have come a long way—far enough in fact to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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