WHO: Gene Robinson
WHAT: GOD BELIEVES IN LOVE:
Straight Talk About Gay Marriage
Published by Knopf September 19, 2012
Author tour to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC
From the first openly gay person elected to the historic episcopate, the Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church—a watershed book that argues passionately and persuasively for the sanctity of same-sex unions.
Gene Robinson believes deeply in the holy nature of the Bible’s religious texts, and he truly feels that two millennia of church history is relevant to the secular and political debate going on in America today. But for Robinson, the issue of same-sex marriage is not only a matter of great public concern; it is also a crusade that affects him personally: he was married to a woman for two decades, and he is the father of two children; but for the last 23 years, he has been in a committed relationship with a man—a man to whom he has been legally married for more than two years, ever since gay marriage was officially recognized in their home state of New Hampshire.
“This book couldn’t be more timely, nor more authoritative.
“In this pro-gay-marriage brief, Robinson fields direct and personable chapters on the standard elements of the gay-marriage debate: why straight people should care, why civil unions aren’t a satisfactory alternative, what the Bible actually says about homosexuality, why Jesus would approve of gay marriage, how gay marriage would change the traditional definition of marriage, gay marriage’s impact on children, and whether gay marriage is a matter of civil rights or of validating bad behavior…Whole books exist on most of those topics, but Robinson does yeoman’s work at arguing them all concisely and placing the love of God foremost in readers’ minds as it is in his.”
—Ray Olson in BOOKLIST
“A mix of reasoned logic, personal experiences, church teachings, and social science research.”
“Sober and well-structured…Robinson’s strength is his willingness to see these questions from another perspective.”
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