August 17th, 2010
02:57 PM ET

Opinion: Same-sex marriage is about equality, not religion

Editor's note: Bishop-elect O.C. Allen III is senior pastor of The Vision Church of Atlanta, and founder of The United Progressive Pentecostal Church Fellowship, an alliance of faith leaders and churches. He shares his thoughts on why marriage matters in the "The Black Pulpit," a weekly series of opinion pieces that explores faith in the black community. Next week: A view from a Buddhist female priest. CNN's "Black in America: Churched" premieres October 14.

I am a product of the "The Black Church." It shaped me into who I am today: a Christian pastor aware of God's amazing grace and love.

When I announced I was gay, the church limited that grace and love. Although I had no doubt that God loved me, I discovered that God's love and the church's love can be two different things.

To be Christian is to be inclusive of people who love one another. This is why I support same-sex marriage.

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  1. Servant Brandon

    This is an evil and adulterous generation and the Almighty God is not going to change His mind about how He will deal with pokemons (men who do unnatural ungodly things to other men) (women who do unnatural ungodly things to other women) You wicked people on here, preaching the doctrine of devils you will suffer greatly if you do not repent and turn from your wicked ways. Surrender to Christ Jesus and keep all of His laws and commandments. You can't be a pokemon and preaching the gospal, and you know it. You have made an idol god in your mind to fit your life style, and thats idolatry. Repent ! For the kingdom of Heaven is at hand ! Or hell will be your eternaty !

    January 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
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