Challengers of California’s ban on same-sex marriage tried to show Wednesday that religion has promoted discrimination against gays.
Lawyers trying to overturn Proposition 8 presented testimony of a gay man who said his evangelical parents forced him into Christian therapy to change his sexuality, and the legal team later produced documents that showed close ties between leaders of the Catholic and Mormon churches and the Proposition 8 campaign.
Plaintiffs also brought in witnesses to show how evangelical Christianity in particular leads to abuse of gay people:
Ryan Kendall, 26, who grew up in an evangelical Christian family in Colorado, said his parents forced him to undergo therapy with a Christian group to try to change his sexual orientation. The therapy made him suicidal but did not change his sexuality, he testified.
“I was just as gay as when I started,” Kendall testified.
Kendall, a Denver resident, testified tearfully about how his mother abused him after learning of his sexuality from reading his journal. He said he was the target of slurs and his glasses were smashed when he was a student at an evangelical school.
The plaintiffs also brought in Stanford professor Gary Segura to testify. Segura took aim at the Roman Catholic Church and Southern Baptists for holding religious views that encourage people to believe that gays and lesbians are “inferior” (source).
I am not sure why the plaintiffs would put Christianity on trial, but they have. I would think it to be a losing strategy. We’ll see. Read the rest here.