- The Washington Times - Monday, July 1, 2013

Andrew Sullivan, noted gay commentator and self-professed practicing Catholic, said on a Sunday news talk show that same-sex marriage is in line with his religious faith.

Giving rights to lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgendered is not a violation of biblical principles, he said on CNN. And if Christians can live with divorce, they can live with same-sex marriage, he suggested.

“I would say the religious arguments are more based in fear than in the actual teachings, that they’re based upon stray texts that actually don’t mean what you think they mean and that Jesus himself only said one thing about marriage — which is that you can’t divorce,” Mr. Sullivan said, Raw Story reported. “And we live in a country where countless people are divorced, and that doesn’t seem to threaten the religious liberty of Catholics, and it’s as fundamental an issue.”

Mr. Sullivan said most Catholics — despite church teachings — were actually OK with gay marriage, out of compassion and out of awareness that all fall short of the glory of God.

“So if Catholics can live with religious liberty with divorced people, they should be perfectly able to live with gay people, I mean, as married, as a civil marriage,” he said, Raw Story reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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