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Gay Liberation in the Church

            "Gay and lesbian people are not thought of as people with faith, but this myth is shattered by the truth that the largest grassroots organizations in our communities are religious. But few mainstream denominations welcome or recognize this devotion" (Vaid, 1995). Homosexuality has been around since the history of humanity; never discussed and always kept hidden in the closet, for fear of retribution by those suffering from homophobia. To put it in the words of the Catholic church, "the Vatican condemns homosexuality as "intrinsically evil" (Gay Today). The Gay Liberation Movement that began 60 years ago has made progress in our churches" by accepting some homosexuals into their congregations today. However, I feel strongly that our churches will never resolve the moral issue of homosexuality since most of society still considers it an immoral act. This so called immoral act continues to go against church teachings, at least according to scripture. This perspective is from a very simplistic point of view, my own and I won't argue church politics because I am not a scholar nor theologian. If God is supposed to be love and live within us, as love, then how can love between two people (despite sex) be wrong if it came from God? Are we saying God is NOT love then?.
             The Catholic Churches position on homosexuality is this: It bases itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are gravely disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved (Always Our Children).
             I will compare two gay movements within the Church, DignityUSA and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement from Europe. Both religious groups share the same ideology or belief that their sexual orientations are gifts from God.

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