A former opponent of same-sex marriage changes his mind

February 6, 2013

Former opponent invites gays and lesbians to join him in strengthening marriage
David Blankenhorn was one of the main witnesses who spoke out against same-sex marriage when California’s Proposition 8 was being debated. But now he holds an altogether different view of marriage equality. Candace Chellew-Hodge, writing for Religion Dispatches, comments on his change of heart and what he is doing to help others change their minds and hearts as well. As Chellew-Hodge writes, “His proposal is to bring together everyone who is concerned with strengthening marriage, including gays and lesbians.”  Her conclusion: “It’s refreshing to finally see someone of Blankenhorn’s stature recognizing the true agenda of the marriage equality movement—to strengthen marriage, not destroy it.” This is the same point social psychologist David Myers and I were making in our book, What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005, 2006).

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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