Analysis by Zachary B. Wolf , CNN. CNN The only Democrat talking at length about his faith in the primary also happens to be the only gay candidate in the race. And he's one of the few from a red state. God doesn't change. Mayor Buttigieg says he's a gay Christian.
That issue is this: should someone identify as a gay Christian? From our desires and life experiences, or from our Creator and Redeemer God? These two questions have a lot of emotion behind them. They are not just theological questions; they are personal questions, questions about people. For the person who lives with same-sex attraction, experienced as a growing awareness over a prolonged period, those feelings seem natural. Because same-sex strugglers never consciously chose same-sex desires while growing up, it might seem reasonable to conclude that he or she was born that way. Therein lies the problem.
The words "gay" and "Christian" are not often used in the same sentence. Hateful speech disguised under the language of salvation has reined church services that are entirely dedicated to condemn homosexuality. Does it not defy the essence of God, who is an all-mighty being of unconditional love and acceptance?
I was at a comedy show in Soho recently, when my slightly too loud cackle attracted attention from the comedian. One thing led to another, and I ended up being teased affably about my love life as the audience laughed on. Mae Martin is a queer performer, after all.