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My God loves gay people. And lots of other people, too.

In light of recent news, I’m re-posting something that I wrote in March of 2013. I’m making a few changes but leaving it mostly as it originally appeared.

My God loves gay people. And lots of other people, too.

One of the first conversations I had with my then future mother-in-law was when she told me that “the homos” were going to Hell. “God does not believe that homosexuality is okay,” she said. She said that she’d been converted from sinning and that until the end of her days, she’d try to convert, educate, and spread the word that “God doesn’t love the homos.”

I wanted to cry.  The God that I grew up knowing loves everybody. My God loves gay people.

I know that He (or She) loves the rest of us dipshits, too.  One thing that I’ve learned through my limited education of a variety of religions is that we are solely responsible for our actions.  We are the ones who are required to do the right thing in life.  It is up to us to find a meaningful place here on earth and to do something that matters while we’re granted the gift of breathing.

What matters is acceptance.  Acceptance and love.  It is not your job to hate gay people, and God doesn’t grant you more grace if you do. In fact, I’m pretty sure that God isn’t cool with hate, ever.  It is not our collective job to define what love and marriage are.  They just are.  Already.  I see absolutely no reason why gay couples should not share in the legal benefits of marriage and family.  Who are we to define what family is?

I think that my mother-in-law and I reached a place of acceptance, prior to her death. She never believed that gay people deserved to marry, but she believed in the right to smoke cigarettes, on her porch, her chemo port hanging from her chest, and most of me gets that, because she could be me, minus the gay marriage not being okay part. She never really made a will, convinced that Jesus would make it so that she wouldn’t have to.

She died loved, if not agreed with.

I should say now that this is not a conversation about my faith, anybody’s belief in God, Science or which, if any, religion is right.

So if this post isn’t about religion, what is it about?  It’s about  FAMILY!  Let’s talk about what’s really important in this messy, crazy, beautiful and humbling life we’ve been given.

What defines a family?  Family is defined by love.  I know more than one person who has grown up in a traditional family and has no contact with her mother, or her brother or maybe her father.  Pick one.  I know that somebody can have the best-conceived notions of a family and still have it amaze her with its brilliance alongside its dysfunction.

Family is love.  Family is who raises you with love.  Family is the people that give a shit when you fall down and choose to pick you up or choose to leave you lying there because they know when you need to learn to pick yourself up.

My God Loves Gay People

Family is family and it’s not conventional, ideal or anything other than unique. I was adopted.  My husband was raised by his grandmother.  My son was born to parents who are old enough to be his grandparents.

And guess what?  We are all fine.

So for those of you who think that your “traditional” family is threatened by a non-traditional family, I ask you this.  Why are you threatened?  Why do you care?  Why oh why does the next door neighbor who consists of a family of two moms and two sons or two dads raising a daughter or one grandma and whatever…matter to you?  Why?  Why are you offended?

I don’t get it.

You’ve got religious values to maintain that taught you that being gay or being different or being divorced is wrong?  Great.  Teach those values to your children if you must.  And ask yourself what you’ll do if one of your children is born gay.

Ask yourself what matters.  Ask yourself what family means. I am not the first person to write about this.  I will not be the last.  And I will most certainly not be the best. But I will be loud.  I will shout that if two people are in love and want to make a family that they ARE a family and that they deserve the legal benefits just as much as the rest of us do.  I will yell until I lose my voice, screaming that it is not our right to define what family is.  It just is.

I will argue that when a mother gives birth and chooses to allow others to raise her child, that her biological kid has parents, and they are not the ones who biologically created him. I will climb to the rooftops with my megaphone and ask you why you care about God and homosexuals.  I will ask you to just let them be.  They are capable of making a family as much as you are.  Maybe more so, as they are not spending time trying to explain to their children that sometimes love is wrong while simultaneously teaching them that love is always right.

Family is built on love. Love is love.

Here is a family:

Family5

Grandma and baby have just as much love as mom, dad and baby do.  See?

Family1

Dad and dad also have just as much love.  Look:

Family3

So do mom and mom and baby as they are a family just as much as the others.

Family2

This, also, is a family.  It’s grandma and grandpa with baby.  They look happy and baby is loved here, too:

Family4

These are all real families. Full of love and teaching and messy living rooms and crayon markings on the sofa. They’re all family, like your family is.  So focus on your own.  I’m pretty sure that God is more worried about us dumping plastic bags in rivers than He is about who our neighbors, our sons, our daughters, our sisters and our co-workers marry.

But that’s just my opinion.  You have yours.  I just hope you’ll think about why you have it.  Thinking about it is worth it.  I promise.

Oh.  And did you notice all of my families’ skin colors are clear?  That’s because skin color doesn’t matter in any of these equations either.
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I’m thankful for this country passing the law that means that Love is Love.

My God Loves Gay People

This is a Thankful Post. Because I’m thankful for the laws passed this week.

This is a video that Kenya told me about. I think it’s amazing.

 

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  • Courtney - I am a Christian and I firmly believe we were created in His image. That being said, all people are created by God. What parent creates people to condemn? No one. We love. God is love and we need to accept all love. Lovely words and sentiments!March 28, 2013 – 8:26 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Courtney, so right that we need to accept all love. <3March 28, 2013 – 8:36 amReplyCancel

  • Outsmarted Mommy - Bravo! Family is family, love is love end of story. Great post!March 28, 2013 – 8:28 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Family IS family! Thanks for commenting.March 28, 2013 – 8:36 amReplyCancel

  • Allyson - Amen!March 28, 2013 – 8:47 amReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - Said perfectly Kristy and couldn’t agree with you more on this!! And loved the pictures being clear (seriously you nailed it perfectly!!).March 28, 2013 – 8:54 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks Janine!March 28, 2013 – 9:20 amReplyCancel

  • Maura - God is love! Love this… I will shout too!March 28, 2013 – 9:23 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks, Maura. Maybe if we all shout, something will change…March 28, 2013 – 5:30 pmReplyCancel

  • HouseTalkN - AMEN! I love this. Thank you.
    Years ago, in the classroom, one of my students proclaimed that she loved and would marry her bestie. A classmate informed her that she couldn’t love her friend like that. She replied, confused, “But, I do.” Couldn’t, wouldn’t, shouldn’t. Love is love.
    And, remember, “They will know we are Christians by our love.”March 28, 2013 – 9:37 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Love is love! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.March 28, 2013 – 5:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Robin - That is what really bugs me about this whole “issue”–why it is even an “issue”. Why does anyone CARE what others do???? Who someone choses to love is NOT MY BUSINESS! Who I choose to love is and ONLY who I choose to love! My son has an amazng new wife who happened to be raised by two moms!March 28, 2013 – 10:24 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Robin, I have no idea why people care what other people do when it comes to love. It makes zero sense. Congratulations on your new daughter-in-law!March 28, 2013 – 5:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Henriette - Amen sista! One of my favorite post ever! 🙂March 28, 2013 – 10:33 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Really? Wow. Awesome. Thanks!!March 28, 2013 – 5:32 pmReplyCancel

  • littlemisswordy - Great post! I agree with you wholeheartedly. Thank you for sharing your point of view. The whole idea of forbidding a union born of love is crazy to me!

    I wrote my thoughts in my most recent post here:

    http://littlemisswordy.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/one-ring-to-rule-them-all/

    Glad to have found your blog!March 28, 2013 – 10:56 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Wow, your post is amazing. I just commented there, too. So glad we found each other.March 28, 2013 – 5:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I couldn’t have said it better! Family is Family! My sister and Bestfriend are great parents! My Aunt was an awesome Mother not only to her kids but to others. She was more of a mother to me than my own was.March 28, 2013 – 10:59 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! Good parents are good parents and bad parents are bad parents. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with either one.March 28, 2013 – 5:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Ellie - Just nominated you for the Liebster Award! – http://the30ishmom.blogspot.com/2013/03/liebster-award.html

    Great post, btw!March 28, 2013 – 11:03 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Really? WOW, thank you so much! I’m so honored!March 28, 2013 – 5:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerri - Oh my sista-from-another-mistah this is why I adore you!!! First, you thought about it enough to have clear pictures. Because just like race shouldn’t matter neither should your ‘orientation’. Gosh I hate that word.

    What I do not get, and will never be convinced of, is why ‘they’ think because a person is a lesibian or homosexual they do not deserve to be parents or count as a family. Yes, lets let children not be adopted, stay in foster care, be abused because that is such a better alternative.

    Family is family. Period. End of Story.

    My facebook post the other day was: If Dick Cheney and President Obama can agree on this issue does it mean that hell has frozen over or that the Supreme Court and better yet people should just wake the heck up!!!

    Love this post in case you were wondering!!!March 28, 2013 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

    • admin - I know…the word “orientation” is weird. I have no idea why the whole world can’t just judge everybody for the type of person he or she is. It’s 2013! Time to leave discrimination behind already.

      And hahah to your Facebook post! Love it! Mwah!March 28, 2013 – 5:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer P. - Yes!! Let gay people get married!!its so stupid that they can’t. I love how you said family picks you up but sometimes leaves you when you need to learn to pick yourself up.March 28, 2013 – 11:46 amReplyCancel

    • admin - I really liked that line, too, Jennifer. Thanks for noticing it.March 28, 2013 – 5:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Ah, I got me some drawings! Wait, I’m supposed to have a serious response to this heartfelt response? Oh, ok, by all means…I love that you are going to be loud. I love how you so elegantly turned this post from a conversation about religion to one about family. That is absolutely where the heart is to be found in this debate (why it’s even a debate is beyond me). There are a million other arguments FOR gay marriage, but the one about family is the most profound and beautiful. And a gay family can also exist WITHOUT kids too!March 28, 2013 – 12:16 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Nah, you can talk about the drawings. And crap! I forgot the picture of the family without kids! DUH.March 28, 2013 – 5:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Jen - I like the boobies the best. And you. And everyone. I like everyone and boobies.March 28, 2013 – 12:49 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - I’m flattered that you like my boobies best. For real.March 28, 2013 – 5:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Misty @ Meet the Cottons - someone on my facebook recently posted: whatever floats your boat, as long as it doesn’t sink my ship. i wondered if they had posted it because of DOMA. are we really that fearful of folks who are different than us that we fight and argue to get this outlawed? i hate that we live in a society that places so much emphasis on passing laws to limit the freedom of others. aren’t there way more important things to worry about? i want to shout, just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean you have to partake! did you read my post about pork from about a week ago?

    i decided when my kids came along that i am pretty much ok with anything, because i never want their choices in life to drive a wedge between us. i just want my family to be happy and healthy.

    thanks for posting this topic!March 28, 2013 – 1:00 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Misty,
      It’s amazing how we become so much more relaxed and grateful for what we have once we have a baby. I can’t believe that there are laws that are discriminating. It makes me sick.
      And I don’t remember reading about pork, and I thought I’d seen ALL of your posts. Going back now…I must have missed one.March 28, 2013 – 5:42 pmReplyCancel

  • suzie - I agree 100% love and caring is what its all about the other stuff really doesnt matterMarch 28, 2013 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Suzie! Agree. And thank you.March 28, 2013 – 5:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Julie DeNeen - I wonder if we compiled all the blog posts on this topic, how many there’d be? Loved the photo, loved the message, loved the love. 🙂March 28, 2013 – 5:52 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - And here I thought I was being original. There are some amazing posts going around about this. Including yours, which I loved.March 28, 2013 – 5:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Atwell - Out One Ear - AWESOME! I couldn’t of said this better. And I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church that did program me for many years that certain lifestyles were a sin. Fortunately, I no longer believe that way. I now believe: Love is Love. You go Kristi!March 28, 2013 – 6:27 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks Linda! I’m glad that love won over your programming. My husband was raised as a Southern Baptist, too. He also supports gay marriage and equal rights. YAY.March 28, 2013 – 6:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Jean Heff - Another great post, Kristi! I have started thinking a lot about what the parents of my children’s future friends are teaching them right now. Will my kids be the only ones in class who were raised to be accepting of all relationships? This post made me feel better about it.March 28, 2013 – 9:46 pmReplyCancel

  • @facethesun - Being heterosexual does not make you good at being married or good at raising children. Loving your partner and being committed to your family is what matters. Adult people who are in committed relationships should be allowed to marry. And they should be allowed to raise children even if they are the same gender.

    And you are right. Love makes a family. A child is better off with two same sex parents who are involved parents, or one single person who is an involved parent, than with a heterosexual couple that is neglectful or abusive or otherwise dangerous. I am an aunt raising a nephew. We are a family. I am the person who has committed to doing the best that I can to give him what he needs. He means more to me than anything or anyone. We are a family.March 28, 2013 – 10:00 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - You are so right that being heterosexual does NOT guarantee good parenting. Bad parenting happens. Great parenting happens. I am so glad you commented here, because it’s just sick and sad that there are still people out there who do NOT know that family is family no matter what. I talked to some of them yesterday. It’s amazing. Thank you. I’m glad your nephew and you have each other, because YOU ARE FAMILY. Already.March 28, 2013 – 10:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. - Oh, I loved this. My brother and his partner just got engaged in New Orleans a few weeks ago. They are planning to have a wedding in two years when his partner is done with grad school. I really hope things have evolved significantly in two years, so that they don’t have to fight and struggle to be treated with equality. You are so right- this should NOT be an issue. I’m going to refrain from jumping on my soapbox and let your beautiful words speak for themselves.March 28, 2013 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Stephanie,
      So much I feel like I know about you and then this. Congratulations to your brother and his partner! I hope that by the time they get married, that people are as shocked as we are that we used to limit interracial marriages. And you ROCK.March 28, 2013 – 10:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Mama Meerkat - I love this post. Though I would also include the mish mash of blended/split up families, but I suppose that is harder to draw because the possibilities are endless!March 29, 2013 – 8:09 amReplyCancel

    • admin - You’re so right that the possibilities of blended/split-up families are endless. I suppose the point is that family is family. No matter what they look like.March 29, 2013 – 9:08 amReplyCancel

  • Dana - I read your post the other day, but saw you on a link up right next to me so I had to come back and comment. It is all about family, and I wish that people would stop worrying about other people’s and concentrate on their own. And as for clear skin color – isn’t that what most children see before they learn to let differences define us? Great post!March 29, 2013 – 8:53 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for commenting, Dana. It is all about family. Sad that so many people forget that…and also thanks big for noticing the clear skin!!March 29, 2013 – 11:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Jeni - Love is family and family is love. Period.March 30, 2013 – 4:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Joy - Very well said! I agree to every single word!April 3, 2013 – 3:10 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica - AMEN!April 24, 2013 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Yay Jeni, Joy and Jessica! (I hate this new comment thing too). Amen to all of you! 🙂April 24, 2013 – 10:40 pmReplyCancel

  • TheSocialButterflyMom - Also, I feel like the people who don’t want abortion of babies are sometimes the same ones who are against gay marriage and families. This is so contradictory: there are so many gay couples (and probably even singles) who want to be parents and who would love to adopt. Let’s have a bigger parent pool to choose from so that biological mothers who feel like they can’t raise their baby could give it to someone(s) who could.May 3, 2013 – 7:26 amReplyCancel

  • Black Jack Dold - I totally disagree, God doesn’t want us except things that we know are wrong in our minds, God would not have made man and women if that were so. God does how ever love everyone and wants us to love everyone. But he doesn’t want us to sin over and over, I believe it to be wrong and a sin, just like all other sins that tempt us to sin. You can love someone without a sexual content, when you bring sex into it there is your sin. And God wants you to resist all sin, so for me I can’t say it’s ok to lie with the same sex, that would make me a sinner to except that life still.July 2, 2013 – 1:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Awesome! I was just having a conversation with my son the other day about the difference between faith and religion. You describe it perfectly!June 28, 2015 – 4:06 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - #LoveWinsJune 28, 2015 – 6:57 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - #LoveWinsJune 28, 2015 – 6:57 amReplyCancel

  • Jena Schwartz - I want that t-shirt.June 28, 2015 – 10:29 amReplyCancel

  • My Inner Chick - I am a Christian. I love Jesus.
    My God is pure, unequivical love.
    My God WOULD NOT be on a street corner screaming- “I HATE GAYS!”
    He would be holding up a sign saying- “I LOVE YOU.”
    You are not here to JUDGE….You are here to LOVE.
    You do not need to condone or give our self-righteous speeches…
    But you do need to SHUT UP if you are spreading hate and division and ugliness.
    And you do need to “LOVE.”
    So, do it.

    xxx

    Love your passion, Kristi)))!!!June 28, 2015 – 10:53 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yes yes yes Kim!!!! This – He would be holding up a sign saying- “I LOVE YOU.” Thank you so much! Sending love to you from DC!June 28, 2015 – 7:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Allison Crter - I love you, so much. This post echoes exactly how I feel – thanks for writing it, friend!June 28, 2015 – 12:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Vanessa D. - With all of the negative events and negativity swirling around the internet seeing this decision made in the US was a huge bright spot in my week. One marked by the perfect hash tag, because Love does win, and I do believe God loves us all.June 28, 2015 – 4:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I believe that God loves us all too Vanessa and I’ve been avoiding the places online where I may see the negative comments. I just don’t even want to ya know?June 28, 2015 – 7:55 pmReplyCancel

  • ivy - There is so much to agree with here I will just say for a weeniebutt you’re pretty smart.June 28, 2015 – 4:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Yep.
    I am struggling these days with accepting that others have different opinions than mine and that that can be OK. I stuck on one side of this issue.
    But I know rationally it’s not right for us all to agree. We wouldn’t want that world. I’m just stuck.June 28, 2015 – 5:52 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - True Sarah that we wouldn’t want a world where we all agree. It’d be nice though if we could all accept one another and not worry about what other people are doing. When you say you’re stuck – you mean because you struggle with it being right for gay people to marry?June 28, 2015 – 7:59 pmReplyCancel

      • Sarah - Sorry, not clear. I’m 150% pro gay marriage. I agree with everything you wrote. I’m struggling because I want everyone to agree with me even if I know that’s not fair.June 28, 2015 – 8:55 pmReplyCancel

        • Kristi Campbell - No sorries ever Sarah, I just wasn’t clear. Also while I know that the world’s opinions are diverse and important they’re NOT (in my opinion) important or valid when they support hate or discrimination. I mean, I think it’s fair to want everybody to agree with you when your opinion is one that accepts and LOVES and shares love. It’d be different if your opinion was one of hate and race and wanting to bring a gun to a church, ya know??? Also fuck when we KNOW we’re right it’s hard to listen. I’ll listen to anybody ever but will never listen to hate or prejudice or anybody who thinks we’re not the same more than we’re subtly different.June 28, 2015 – 9:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Correction: Old enough to be very very very young grandparents 😉

    I love this post! Love is love. I wish that was the solid topic that was going viral instead of all the hate.

    Have you ever seen the video (I can’t remember where it was live) but it shows something like an xray screen and all you see is two skeletons kissing, hugging, dancing or whatever. Then the couple separates and comes out from each side of the screen. Sometimes they are mixed races, same genders etc. It a beautiful message that we are all the same under our skin.June 28, 2015 – 6:08 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Kenya I love your corrective that we’d be young grandparents!!! i so want to find that video of the skeletons – I haven’t seen it but it sound PERFECT. Because we ARE the same, I mean I know that my growing up experiences were different from yours and from many people’s but the whole life and life and LIFE thing is so much the same.June 28, 2015 – 10:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Sandra - This made me smile, and as much as I disagree with your mother-in-law that God doesn’t love the homos, I did have to giggle because I could just picture the conversation, and the word ‘homo’ is a word my mom would use too. I think you did a beautiful job of describing your mother-in-law as someone with strong moral values that she believed in, but was still quite lovely. And well, at this point, maybe you’re starting to know me just a little, but you had me at ‘dipshits.’June 28, 2015 – 6:44 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Sandra! So glad that you giggled at the homos (BECAUSE TOTALLY WHAT SHE SAID) and liked the dipshits. Because duh, we ARE.June 28, 2015 – 11:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - I love that you’ve said very much of what I have been thinking. Beautiful when you wrote it and still today.
    I had a conversation with a dear friend yesterday (whom we both know and love) and one of the points was this – much like yours – why is this such a huge thing when we have other issues to deal with like terrorism and poverty and violence? Why are we stuck on this? And yes, we were on different sides of the issue. I say so what? We can differ in our beliefs, in our opinion, and still agree that in either case the best way to be is kind, compassionate, and understanding. If we are on a side of an issue and expect everyone to see ours as “right” we aren’t accomplishing anything. That’s just as bad as oppression, isn’t it? Live and let live is what my Grandfather always said and I think he was a very wise man.June 28, 2015 – 8:02 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Well of course now I’m wondering who the friend was but obviously you and that person are awesome but yeah, exactly… why do the haters CARE? I mean what does it mean to them? NOTHING. And yeah, to the different sides thing – I mean, love is love, and if we can’t accept one another now, how in the world am I going to ask the world to accept my little boy? Because that’s what it boils down to, for me… plus, love is love. And your Grandfather sounds so so wise. xoJune 29, 2015 – 12:00 amReplyCancel

  • Dyanne @ I Want Backsies - If I could write as well as you do, I would have said the same thing 🙂 How my neighbors love doesn’t affect (AFFECT, not effect – did you notice I know the difference?) how I love. How they worship doesn’t affect how I worship. How they keep their lawn obviously doesn’t affect how my yard looks, either, although THAT probably should, because ours looks pretty shaggy.

    I love your pictures, especially the boobies.June 28, 2015 – 9:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Um “if I could write as well as you do” DUH sweetie YOU DO YOU ARE YOU WRITE and we all just share our truths and that you share yours makes the world better!!! Also YES I love love love that you caught the stupid “effect” because DUH. 🙂
      My yard looks like crap.
      But YES to what you meant and mean and to YOU and to the boobie pics. 😉June 29, 2015 – 12:03 amReplyCancel

  • Tamara Klein Bowman - Too much goodness, acceptance, love and sparkle here today. I do want the shirt. And the cartoon. And all the quotes.
    I can’t imagine a world in which God doesn’t love all he (she?) created, and I also can’t imagine being part of this world and giving a flying **** about trying to stop people from marrying each other.
    Sheesh, people. What does this say about you???June 29, 2015 – 1:16 amReplyCancel

  • Stacey DeHaven Gannett - Oh that is absolutely beautiful! I could never find myself following a God who didn’t love all of his/her children, no matter the color, sexual preference, faith, or any other reason under the sun, moon, and stars! I am all about love, especially for my beautiful gay children, whom I want nothing but happiness under the sun, moon, stars, and beyond!June 29, 2015 – 3:19 amReplyCancel

  • Allie - I love this momma! And I could not agree with you more. Love is love and family is the who love and care for us. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!June 29, 2015 – 8:58 amReplyCancel

  • Michele @ A Storybook Life - I’m so glad you reposted this, Kristi! Beautifully and forcefully stated. “Family is the people that give a shit when you fall down.” Also, love is love. Hell yeah. I love this.June 29, 2015 – 9:58 amReplyCancel

  • Kerri - I remember and LOVE this post. I’m so glad you reposted it for new readers.June 29, 2015 – 11:04 amReplyCancel

  • May - “She died loved, if not agreed with.” Great line for this topic (and all topics in life really) for isn’t that absolutely an example of grace?! All grace is unmerited, but miraculously it is offered to ALL.June 29, 2015 – 11:10 amReplyCancel

  • Clark Scottroger - …you write outloud the things that (most) people, or at least (and this I will say with certainty) most clarks think and, and! you pick the words that imply so much of what we feel and may not have the vocabulary (emotional or intellectual) to express.

    ya know?June 29, 2015 – 11:25 amReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I so grateful that I have a very supportive family dispite them living in a very conservative town in North Mississippi.June 29, 2015 – 5:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Blooming Autism - Fantastic Piece 🙂 xJune 29, 2015 – 9:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Christina Amore - You are right, Love is Love.June 30, 2015 – 11:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Lynn Sollitto - Beautiful post. People keep talking about gays finally having marraige equality (whether they are for or against it), but I like your calling it the Love is Love law much more.July 1, 2015 – 2:15 amReplyCancel

  • Roshni - The baby in all those pictures looks a little smug! 😛

    It’s a wonderful post, Kristi, and I don’t understand people who just don’t live their own lives without worrying about how people they don’t even know live theirs!!July 1, 2015 – 1:51 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Roshni, maybe the baby IS a little smug because he or she is just loved? 😉 Thank you my friend I appreciate your comment so much.July 1, 2015 – 11:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Pattie Thomas - I saw that video more than a month ago and I watched it again, because it is pretty excellent. I wish that people would just mind their own business when it comes to the private lives of their neighbors.July 1, 2015 – 2:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - Beautiful post, my friend. Love truly has NO boundaries. Christ was ALL about that. Too bad so many Christians didn’t clearly get that message. The things I am seeing online these days are disturbing to say the least. My God loves ALL of his children. <3

    That video was P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L.July 2, 2015 – 7:27 pmReplyCancel

  • marcia @ Menopausal Mother - I’m so glad you re-posted this timely piece. It needs to be said. Two of my close friends are gay and I’m so excited for them because they have been wanting to get married for a long time and raise a family. Now they finally have the equal rights they have long deserved to do so. #LoveWinsJuly 3, 2015 – 10:54 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Marcia,
      Yes. Yes yes #lovewins. So happy for your friends (and everybody else).July 8, 2015 – 12:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Mike - Hi Kristi! Yes, it’s really me. I wanted to stop by and give you a blog hello. This was an absolutely terrific peace of writing. My God loves all people and yes that can get complicated for those who are evil. Yet, on topic, as far as gays are concerned I have friends who are gay, I have extended family members who are gay, a (deceased) step-father who was gay so it’s always been perfectly normal to me to accept them as heterosexuals. For those that are against them having relationships, no less being married…it is a topic with those naysayers that I just turn the other cheek. I’m proud of my feelings and where I stand on the topic. So proud of you always and sending you bunches of love, my dear! 🙂July 6, 2015 – 10:39 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - MIKE!!! Aw friend, I miss you! How are you? Thank you for the blog hello and I’m proud of your feelings and where you stand on the topic as well. Turning the other cheek is always more easily said than done. Sending you bunches and bunches of love right back!!! xoxoxoJuly 8, 2015 – 12:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Rabia Lieber - Asoften as I hear these battles raging on and on, I am thankful (and somewhat ashamed) that my sins and shortcomings are private. I don’t understand how people have so much time to worry about other people’s decisions that don’t affect them. I have much better things to do!July 7, 2015 – 3:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Clare Keogh - Oh, yes. Perfectly spoken. I don’t get why people think God hates non-traditional families, either….July 15, 2015 – 5:41 amReplyCancel

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