Dan Haseltine, lead singer of the enduringly popular and three-time Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Jars of Clay, came out on Twitter this week as a supporter of marriage equality.
Metro Weekly's Chris Gerard reports:
Haseltine... took to his Twitter account in a series of posts supportive of same-sex marriage, posting "Not meaning to stir things up BUT... is there a non-speculative or non 'slippery slope' reason why gays shouldn't marry? I don't hear one." He went on to write "I'm trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn't hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women's suffrage. I just don't see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?"
Haseltine compares the issue to civil rights struggles in the past, and asserts regarding Biblical arguments against same-sex marriage that "I don't think scripture 'clearly' states much of anything regarding morality." He goes on to write that "I think the vast interpretation has left room for people to deal inhumanly and unlovingly toward others that don't fit their guidelines" and that "I don't particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is 'wrong.' I care more about how it says we should treat people."
Awesome, right? Haseltine began the Twitter conversation on Monday and it's continued all through this week. He's received a mix of scolding and sanctimony (from anti-LGBT religious conservatives) and praise (from enlightened religious moderates and progressives), but he's sticking to his pro-equality convictions.
And now, as Joe Jervis points out, the hand-wringing from professional anti-gay activists has begun.