CA Evangelical Minister Mike Erre Says He's "Sorry" To Gay Community

Jan 15, 2013 Full story: www.queerty.com 22

Over the weekend Erre, senior pastor at Fullerton, California's First Evangelical Free Church, posted "An Open Letter to the LGBTQ Community" on Facebook :

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“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#21 Jan 16, 2013
Josh in New Orleans wrote:
Regardless, I think reasonable people can disagree over the mutability of sexual orientation. The part I disagree with is the notion that people who are gay *should* want to change, and are in need of therapy to right a wrong.
I agree our community does more harm than good by insisting that sexuality is utterly immutable. The fact is that we live in a highly diverse world. The transition of a bisexual from a same-sex relationship to a heterosexual relationship is often viewed as proof of change. The recovery of a sexually disoriented youth to their natural orientation is viewed as further proof. Sometimes, transgendered people change orientation when they begin hormone treatment. Why is it so difficult, then, to imagine that hormone levels in others cause changes in their own orientation. Not too long ago, there was a case of a man who claimed that head trauma turned him gay. If sexual orientation is determined by brain structure, his claim should not be so surprising.

That orientation is fixed is fundamentally true. Most of the observable counterexamples have nuanced explanations. It's not worth walking people through those explanations when they're really not interested anyway. We may as well just acknowledge them and move on.

It is better to merely say that no one controls whom they fall in love with. And when you do fall in love, you have the right to get hitched for better or worse.

“Live and let live”

Since: Apr 08

New Orleans

#22 Jan 16, 2013
nhjeff wrote:
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I agree our community does more harm than good by insisting that sexuality is utterly immutable. The fact is that we live in a highly diverse world. The transition of a bisexual from a same-sex relationship to a heterosexual relationship is often viewed as proof of change. The recovery of a sexually disoriented youth to their natural orientation is viewed as further proof. Sometimes, transgendered people change orientation when they begin hormone treatment. Why is it so difficult, then, to imagine that hormone levels in others cause changes in their own orientation. Not too long ago, there was a case of a man who claimed that head trauma turned him gay. If sexual orientation is determined by brain structure, his claim should not be so surprising.
That orientation is fixed is fundamentally true. Most of the observable counterexamples have nuanced explanations. It's not worth walking people through those explanations when they're really not interested anyway. We may as well just acknowledge them and move on.
It is better to merely say that no one controls whom they fall in love with. And when you do fall in love, you have the right to get hitched for better or worse.
I agree. Approaching the question of whether same-sex couples should marry from the standpoint of sexual orientation being an immutable trait misses the bigger picture. For example, religion is obviously a choice, and yet nobody is arguing that because it is, religious discrimination is somehow okay.

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