About White Knots…
I choose to wear a white knot because I believe in marriage equality. I believe that part of our right to a “pursuit of happiness” includes having the right to marry whomever we choose. I also believe that it is against the very nature of a free society to inhibit marriage based on race, class or gender.
What concerns me is the hateful rhetoric often used during discussions against same-sex marriage. Some people think homosexuality is a choice or something you are born with. Some people believe in conversion therapy or gay and lesbian people should lead celibate lives. Regardless of these opinions I believe the words we use to describe one another should radiate respect and kindness.
I’m a proud member of the Roman Catholic Church. I believe in the divine nature of human beings. I believe we are all brothers and sisters with a duty to act with love, kindness, understanding and charity toward one another.
I am simply a daughter, little sister, and a sleepy college student and a believer in compassion.
I tried for a long time to be a ‘good’ Catholic girl, to believe exactly what I learned in catechism class but that just made me feel dishonest. Eventually, through prayer and thoughtful contemplation I learned that God didn’t want me (or anyone else) to simply fall in line but instead to follow the dictates of my conscience. My belief in marriage equality is guided by my morals and relationship with God.
I believe that my spiritual journey is just as valid as the next persons. I believe that the people advocating against same-sex marriage are following their conscience. I do not believe most of these people are bigoted, ill informed or stupid. I disagree with them completely but their opinions are valid and guided by their morals and relationship with God.
I do not pretend to know what is best for Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Jews, Muslims or anyone else. I do not advocate for every church to throw open its door and begin performing same sex unions. I advocate for understanding and awareness and compassion for those who feel marginalized.
I believe we all need to do a lot more listening.
I do not pretend to know what it is like to lead a global church, or what it is like to be called of God. Maybe God wants his children to enter into traditional marriages but I don’t think he’d want us to fight in anger with one another or to use his name to diminish the love we have for ourselves
I believe every person is entitled to the right to marry whomever he or she feels they can share a mutual love, serving and honoring and respecting one another.
I choose to wear a white knot to get the conversation started.