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I Am Not Charles Worley: The Plea of a Christian Who Opposes Gay Marriage

With the long election season looming ahead, I wish fellow Christians would extend a hermeneutic of grace to each other.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret I've never talked about with anyone. On November 2, 2008, I walked into a polling booth in Glendora, California, and voted for Proposition 8, which sought to add the clause "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Why the secrecy? It's not because I'm ashamed of my views or regret the way I voted. Instead, it's because I don't want to be associated with far-rightpastors who preachhatred and violenceagainstgay people. And I'm not alone. Polls indicate that half if not the majority of voters in the United States support legalizing gay marriage, and yet in all 32 states where gay marriage has been on the ballot, voters have rejected it. I believe this disconnect between what voters tell pollsters and how they vote has to do with how their views are represented by the media—that if they publicly express their discomfort with the legalization of gay marriage, they will be associated with the likes of Charles ...

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