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Monday, 29 April 2013

Ricky Martin on gay marriage: "Not about faith, it's not about religion, it's about human rights."

There has been something that has irked me for weeks.

While watching 'The Voice.'

No, it's not the 'cliffhanger' ad breaks. Or the fact that for weeks the judges wore the same clothes.

No.

It has been the very vocal support social media pals give one of the show's judges Ricky Martin... while being against gay marriage, something the passionate singer and TV judge holds very dear to his heart.

Ricky is father to his twin boys, who he parents alongside partner Carlos Gonzales Abella.

An interview with Ricky in news.com.au yesterday by journalist Holly Byrnes produced the best quote I have read on the whole gay marriage debate:

He said the legal recognition was "not about faith, it's not about religion, it's about human rights. It's about me having the opportunity to look my sons in the eye and say 'this is my husband and this is our family.' It's about self esteem, it's about dignity, it's about respect".

You can read the entire article here.

For me, this quote says all there is to say about gay marriage. And this coming from me; someone who still goes to church, will still have my children receive all their sacraments [Holy Communion, Confirmation], and would like to believe there is still plenty of good in the Catholic Church.

Supporting gay marriage is about completely accepting your fellow human being in a way that Christians say they stand for.

And you can't say you love Ricky without loving all of who he is and what he believes in; what he wants most in the world.

It's okay, friends. We can agree to disagree. I still love and respect you. But know that what Ricky says in the above statement is something that resonates with me, and I hope in some way it resonates with you, too.

Please feel free to comment below.



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