"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them" (Gen.1:27)

Monday, February 05, 2007

"Gay Parents" - an adopted daughter's perspective

The following letter appears in the February 2, 2007 edition of the National Catholic Reporter:

Gay parents

I am a 13-year-old Catholic girl who was adopted by two gay women at the age of 7. They have raised me as a Catholic, taking me to church, getting me baptized, receiving my first Communion and confirmation. Before I met them, I was not Catholic; now I am a well-formed Catholic. It has recently been brought to my attention that some of our bishops believe that gay people should be allowed to “participate” in Mass as long as they don’t “reveal” themselves to other church members. I was also informed that if you are gay it is sinful to take Communion. I don’t see any of this in the Bible or in the teaching of Jesus. Do you?

If we are all equal in the eyes of God, then we should all be able to go to Mass and be treated equally. People are people. We are the same: black or white, gay or straight. God created every one of us and we are who we are. Like the song says, “We are one in the spirit; we are one in the Lord.” If we are one in the Lord, it should not matter if you are gay. If it were not for my moms, I would probably still be in foster care or, even worse, in a group home. Before they came into my life I had been in seven different foster homes. I think women like my moms should be able to receive Communion like any other moms.

Chico, Calif.

Friday, February 02, 2007

"Are you going to argue with God's creation?"

That's the question that Mary Ann Cantwell asked an Indiana Senate committee holding hearings on the proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. The mother of seven children, including two former elected state officials, told committee members that, "God made Mike and he made him a homosexual" and that none of her other seven children would in any way be harmed if their gay brother were given the same right they have.

Sounds to me like a woman who knows the true meaning of "family values"!