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Why do GLBT people bother with religion at all?

Why do GLBT people bother with religion at all?

Queer people have been subjected to more than their fair share of such miseries, and Australia is no exception. Even in a supposedly secular state like Australia, the notion lingers that marriage is a sacrosanct union of man and woman in the eyes of God – hence we have the same-sex marriage ban, the bureaucratic equivalent of: "It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" But when you consider that Australia (and this is really saying something) is one of the world's more enlightened secular nations, the discrimination faced by queer people in the name of religion is truly hideous. Same-sex intercourse, for instance, is currently punishable by death in six nations: Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. It's no coincidence that all six are ruled by religious edicts; nations with little or no separation between church and state. ('Church' in this case being Islam, in whose name – it must be said – the worst excesses of homophobia are currently being perpetrated).

I've always wondered about this. Why are gay people all over the world lining up to buy into dogmas which despise them? Why not just opt out of the whole mess?


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