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I have just done the most amazing and scary thing I will ever do in my life.
So I was in church this morning, and in the prayers, our minister had prayed against gay marriage, and hoped that marriage will not be redefined in the UK, and so at the end of the service I went up to him and asked if I could say a few words.
Now, if you know me, you’ll know that standing up and stating an unpopular opinion infront of a few hundred people would not exactly be first on my list of things to do, and so as I walked up to the stage, I was shaking in fear and my nails dug into the palms of my hands. This was the most scary thing I had ever done.
I thanked the minister and took the microphone. Below is almost exactly what I said.
In the new testament, Jesus said “love your neighbour as you love yourself.” He said all the other commandments and teachings follow this, and if we act upon this we are following God.
Rosa Parks is one of my favourite women in history. She took a stand, or rather, didn’t stand *insert chuckles from the congregation here* because of what she believed. In her time, people were being treated as inferior because of something as little as the colour of their skin.
Let me repeat, Jesus said “love your neighbour as you love yourself” not, “love your neighbour as yourself, unless they’re gay.” I believe those who want to, should be able to marry whoever they like, because surely they are following that teaching? They are showing love.
This is me, refusing to give up my bus seat to a homophobic society, thank you.”
As I walked back to my seat, about half the congregation applauded me. The minister didn’t look to happy, but he said he admired my bravery, although he later repeated that he disagreed with me.
They were going to play another worship song but everyone was talking about what I had said, so they just ended the service there. One of the girls who sings at the front came down to my seat in tears, and shook my hand and thanked me, and I cuddled her and told her not to cry, and that it was alright.
I am so glad I did this, and I have received facebook messages since, telling me that if they had the bravery, they’d have done the same.
I hope I channeled the bravery of Rosa Parks there.
[edit: My name is Fiona Morris, I’m Female and I live in Worcester, UK.]