Column: Faith -- It's Not Just for Straight People Anymore

What Pope Francis can teach us about being a believer.

— -- I am not a big holder of things.

I like things but am not emotionally invested in keeping them. I prefer to save that energy for memories, experiences and people.

But there is an item, a thing if you will, that I do treasure and would be hurt if I should ever lose it. It's a key chain given to me by a young man as a going-away present. I was the youth director at our church and though I loved the job the birth of my son made it increasingly difficult for me to stay. Diapers, like most everything else, are expensive. So I announced I was leaving to find a better paying job and on my last day the young man gave me the key chain that reads: "The Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9."

The latter was true once ... but now I'm found.

When I learned he never turned his back on me, I was found. And it seems as if I am not alone. According to a Pew study in 2013, 42 percent of LGBT Americans identified as Christian, and today it's up to 48 percent (of that number 17 percent are Catholic in case his Holiness was wondering).

So to those people of faith who have a problem with LGBT Americans I say the same Constitution that protects your freedom of religious expression protects the religious expression of everyone else. You don't believe in same-sex marriage? Cool -- don't marry someone of the same sex, problem solved 'Murica style. If you want a theocracy, you'd have to live elsewhere.

I sat for hours on the South Lawn this week, waiting for the Pope's Fiat, sharing tales of my faith and family with those around me. When I first came out of the closet in the 1990s, I thought I had to choose between the two. Today, I see how critical it is that LGBT people of faith do not.

We are not locust.

We are not interlopers.

And we are more than charismatic choir directors. We are part of the body of Christ and whether you like it or not wherever we go, the Lord our God is with us as well. If you have a problem with that, take it up with him.

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