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Gay Rights and Religion

From: Youth Media Project
Length: 05:32

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Chloe Espinosa, a student at a Catholic school in Santa Fe, NM, explores the issue of gay rights in the context of religion. She interviews a local pastor and her aunt, who is gay. With humor and conviction, Chloe looks at how you can be both a supporter of gay rights and maintain your religious beliefs.

430364996_07145371a3_m_small Chloe Espinosa, a student at a Catholic school in Santa Fe, NM, explores the issue of gay rights in the context of religion. She interviews a local pastor and her aunt, who is gay. With humor and conviction, Chloe looks at how you can be both a supporter of gay rights and maintain your religious beliefs.

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Religion vs. Rights (ding... ding... ding)

Gay Rights have been sliced in half, giving the raw opinions of three people. Two people with contrasting ideas are interviewed on the topic of the gay community participating in marriage. A Priest tells his religious side and a person in a same sex- relationship does so as well. This pulls the story in a fair perspective, weighing both sides.
Father Adam discusses on the sole topic of sex. He says that the purpose of marriage is to reproduce, which from a religious stand point is logical. What is not, however, is the restriction on the body of Christ being distributed. That boiled my blood a bit, but what had me jumping up saying, “Hallelujah,” was the statement made by the interviewer about premature sex in teenagers. I found myself siding with her completely, because it isn’t fair that a prejudice exists on homosexuals receiving the host because of suspected sex, but not sex-raged teenagers. You can’t just label homosexuals as having premarital sex. If God created men and women equal, why is their sexual preference a factor?
The other interviewed person was the producer's aunt. She expressed how troubling it was growing up. It seemed like she was wearing a ‘Scarlet Letter’ and it was 1800 the way people treated her. They spoke with brutal words, like stones thrown at her, as if she was a ruthless criminal; casting her out of their lives. The church, which is supposed to be a sanctuary, even turned its back on her.
I respect this type of investigation, because the investigator was not biased. She just gave her opinions and facts. What beautifully tied everything together was her powerful quote by James Baldwin.

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