As a bisexual catholic in a loving relationship with another bisexual catholic, I struggled long and hard to come to terms with my sexuality and whether it was against my faith. But just because I am at peace doesn't mean that my family members are just as easily able to come to the same conclusions.
This book is important because it provides a clear critique of most of the arguments raised by religious individuals to say that same-sex marriage is wrong. The book begins with a section about the author's own story, and how he ultimately came to find love with a man. It then discusses the key bible verses that are often used to attack LGBT individuals in more detail than I have seen in many places.
The next section looks at the key messages of the bible and how Jesus would likely preach acceptance of LGBT individuals based on his reaching out to the marginalized in society. For the rest of the book, he looks at various arguments often made for why same-sex marriage is an attack on traditional marriage. In the end, he notes that in a society where straight couples are finding marriage to be outdated, we should be supporting efforts of the LGBT community to expand access to marriage rather than preventing it.
The book is very well written and easy to get through quickly. I suspect I will return to key sections of the book over time to remind myself of some of the arguments made. What I also loved about the book was how it explained many aspects of the Christian faith in ways that I had not really understood before but made perfect sense to me. If you are struggling with reconciling your faith with your own sexuality, this book serves as a great way to shed some of the shame that may have been thrust upon you by your family or your church. Or, if you are trying to decide if you can accept your gay son, daughter, relative, or neighbor, this book will affirm for you that God would want nothing less from you.