Julia Corbett-Hemeyer: Why I stand on the Side of Love
Julia Corbett-Hemeyer wrote a pitch-perfect opinion piece, “Why I stand on the side of love,” that was recently published in the Muncie, IN Star Press, and has been reprinted by organizations like Faith in Public Life.
Using National Standing on the Side of Love Day as a lead in, she wrote:
We cannot allow ourselves to be divided from our neighbors because of who we are. All persons — without exception — are created in the image of the holy, carry within them the image or the spark of the divine. I affirm the full humanity of all persons, and the equal rights of all persons under the laws of our land.
No person should be dehumanized through acts of segregation, oppression, or aggression because of who they are. In public debates over immigration, LGBTQ rights, and more, many religious people stand on the side of love and call for respect, inclusion, and compassion, even as other voices are raised in calls for censure.
The article is timely. Just today, a committee in the Indiana House advanced a measure 8-4 to ban marriage between same-sex couples in the state constitution, sending it to the House floor for amendments and consideration.
Love between persons of all sexual identities is not wrong; Homophobia and the exclusion of homosexual people from their full rights as citizens of our country is wrong.
Love is a gift from God. The covenant of marriage is a sacred trust between two individuals. Any couple able to forge that bond deserves the legal benefits of marriage as well as the ability to express that sacred trust freely and equally in our society.
The message, “standing on the side of love,” has become a rallying cry for people of faith in a variety of situations in which people are being marginalized and oppressed because of who they are. Can we as a nation do any less than to affirm the full humanity of all our citizens, as well as of those who are strangers within our gates? Can we afford not to stand on the side of love?
Read the full article: http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20110206/OPINION/102060317