Backs equality

To the editor:

Born into the Burnquist family of Fort Dodge and Des Moines, my Iowa roots go deep. I became an Oklahoman in 1969, but now find an unusual religious connection between my two states.

My Oklahoma City church minister, Kayla Bonewell, was married to her wife, Dana, by Iowa United Methodist minister Anna Blaedel, a self-professed lesbian, married to another women. The United Methodist Church and other faith traditions are still sorting out their reactions to the presence of LGBT people who are no longer willing to stay “in the closet.”

Sexual orientation, whether straight or gay, has been officially declared a normal human characteristic by the American Medical Association, Psychiatric Association, Psychological Association, and National Association of Social Workers. If they are correct, homosexuality is no more sickness or sin than being left-handed or freckled.

In many countries, LGBT people are arrested and executed, holding true to ancient religious texts that also considered blind and crippled people rejected by God. Families and friends of millions of LGBT people today call for compassionate and scientifically-grounded equal treatment of people without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

May that be true in Iowa and the world around.

Nathaniel Batchelder

Oklahoma City,