Bishop Gene Robinson (photo: Gillian Laub)
Editor’s Note: This post is adapted from a story in the November/December 2012 issue of Boston Spirit magazine.
By Loren King
If ever there was a theologian uniquely qualified to make a case for marriage equality, it’s Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person elected (in 2003) as an Episcopal Church Bishop, serving the Diocese of New Hampshire. A recent documentary about him and a newly released book by him provide new platforms for his message.
The documentary, Love Free or Die, played many film festivals this past year and airs Monday October 29 on PBS Television’s Independent Lens series. This excellent film details Robinson’s life accomplishments and his fight for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in church and state.
In his book God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage (Knopf), Robinson traces his own journey from his upbringing in Kentucky, his conflict over his homosexuality, his 13-year marriage to “Boo” Martin, a woman he genuinely loved, the births of their two children, their divorce, his coming out and his 25-year union with Mark Andrews, whom Robinson married in 2010 when marriage equality came to New Hampshire. Through eleven cogent chapters, Robinson discusses some of the questions routinely used by “religious” people to undermine marriage equality, such as “Doesn’t the Bible Condemn Homosexuality?” and “What’s Wrong with Civil Unions?” In each section, Robinson discusses each issue with reasoned arguments based on his understanding of the Bible, common sense and compassion.
More information on the PBS broadcast of Love Free Or Die can be found here: www.pbs.org/independentlens/love-free-or-die.
More information on the book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, can be found here: www.randomhouse.com/book/215718/god-believes-in-love-by-gene-robinson.
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