Finally people are cooling down a bit about the recent Supreme Court rulings regarding same-sex marriages in the U.S. I am an Orthodox Christian, and have strong feelings on the subject.
Although I oppose gay marriage and believe that romantic relationships between members of the same sex is wrong and are clearly condemned in the Bible, I believe people have the right to make their own choice whether to actually engage in relationships with people of the same gender. Neither the government nor anyone else can force people to live a certain way, or to marry a certain way.
People say that they were born a specific way and that they cannot change who they are. I agree. Some people are born with an attraction to the same sex. But it’s all about the choice. They can choose to obey the scriptures and abstain from sexual relations, or they can marry gay. Also, your sexuality does not define who you are, just to clarify.
Don’t get me wrong. God loves gay people just as much as anyone else. They are after all, just people. There is no need to give them special attention. Love them and respect them; we all sin, and this is no different. I cannot impress this enough: THEY ARE PEOPLE. Take care of and pray for them like anyone else.
Now the Supreme Court rulings themselves came as absolutely zero surprise to me. It was inevitable.
So, just everybody chill and get along.
Live long and Prosper,
P.S. Many Orthodox clergy in America, including his Beatitude the Metropolitan Tikhon, signed a letter regarding same-sex marriage. It may be found here, if you are interested.