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Will love really win on same sex marriage?

Will love really win on same sex marriage?

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In the past week, the Supreme Court has reshaped and recast what it means to be American.

We now live in a country where everyone can have access to health insurance, where everyone can seek justice in housing, and where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, can marry the person whom they choose.

That last case, Obergefell v. Hodges, essentially legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states.

And while many in my community—the faith community—have cast the legalization of same sex marriage as a catastrophe, I don’t think that’s the case.

To be clear, my faith tells me that marriage is between a man and a woman. But that’s not the only thing my faith says on this matter. My faith also tells me that God puts authority in place, and that I am to love my neighbor as myself.

So while I am not among those who support the Supreme Court’s decision, my faith tells me to respect the authority that made that decision, and more importantly, to love and respect my neighbors, no matter their beliefs.

Everyone who claims to be speaking from the foundation of faith doesn’t share those sentiments.

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Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of and morning host on 900 am WURD radio. Click here to learn more about Solomon