God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality | Suffolk U

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Religious people should support equality for gays and lesbians not despite religion — but because of it. So writes Jay Michaelson in his bestselling book God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon), which Publisher’s Weekly called “a salvo in the case for equality.” Contrary to the myth that the Bible prohibits homosexuality (the myth of “God versus gay”), Michaelson shows how the handful of Biblical verses sometimes used against LGBT people are ambiguous and subject to interpretation.

This matters today. With recent victories for LGBT equality, many Americans mistakenly believe the fight is over. Yet in “red states,” in religious communities (especially communities of color), and in non-urban areas, LGBT people are still targets of legalized discrimination and violence. With religion often being the (supposed) cause of anti-gay attitudes, this conversation provides a need a better, more effective way to talk about sexuality and religion.