Buddhist, Jewish Americans are biggest supporters of gay marriage

  • metta

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    Apr 23, 2015 7:03 AM GMT
    Buddhist, Jewish Americans are biggest supporters of gay marriage



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    Apr 23, 2015 3:47 PM GMT
    Oh, so it's religion which has been oppressing us. What a surprise!
  • tazzari

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    Apr 23, 2015 5:29 PM GMT
    "Mainline protestant" is a pretty broad spectrum; I don't know what the stats would be, but in my experience, Episcopalians are very strong in support of LGBT equality.
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    Apr 24, 2015 12:24 AM GMT
    Jews are always leading left wing movements.Nothing new there.lol
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 24, 2015 2:12 AM GMT
    WickedRyan saidJews are always leading left wing movements.Nothing new there.lol
    Just like all the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs have always led right wing protests against gay marriage and equality. Nothing new there neither.icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 24, 2015 9:42 AM GMT
    I'm not surprised by this. Not sure much about Jewish people or the religion, but in Buddhism, there's no Anti-Gay law or negative opinion on Homosexuals. I'm a Buddhist and been to many temples (Viet, Chinese, Japanese) all over California. In general, most Buddhists tend to be loving, kind and forgiving. They don't discriminate you for having same-sex urges, in fact, I studied a little bit of Buddhist scriptures/texts. In one passage, it specifically states that *mankind should love all other mankind, including men, women, the third sex or *weird people who are different than us. So most Buddhism followers do not have that *ANTI gays view like some Christians do.
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    Apr 24, 2015 11:51 AM GMT
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    Apr 24, 2015 4:16 PM GMT
    LAXWill10 saidI'm not surprised by this. Not sure much about Jewish people or the religion, but in Buddhism, there's no Anti-Gay law or negative opinion on Homosexuals. I'm a Buddhist and been to many temples (Viet, Chinese, Japanese) all over California. In general, most Buddhists tend to be loving, kind and forgiving. They don't discriminate you for having same-sex urges, in fact, I studied a little bit of Buddhist scriptures/texts. In one passage, it specifically states that *mankind should love all other mankind, including men, women, the third sex or *weird people who are different than us. So most Buddhism followers do not have that *ANTI gays view like some Christians do.


    While it's true that the earliest texts were not anti-gay, homophobic commentary was later added to some Buddhist scripture, interpreting same sex desire as sexual misconduct.

    True that many Buddhist Americans and Jewish Americans support us, but even the very orthodox Jewish, the Hasidic, Young Israel, Chabad, et al., are not friends of Dorothy and even leaderships of both Mahayana and Theravada schools of Buddhism are not entirely on our side.

    The Dalai Lama has said mostly in the past essentially that gay sex is acceptable for non Buddhists. He now says we should be allowed to marry and that we shouldn't be bullied, but he also champions "tradition" of societies which might disallow us.

    Of those following the Theravada lineages, Thailand, which probably has one of the greatest concentrations, it's population being I think about 95% Buddhist, is currently considering forbidding gay and lesbians from becoming monks, a super serious offense against us because essentially they're saying: no enlightenment for you.

    Hopefully that won't play out and on the other hand, they are about to officially recognize third sex with anti-discrimination laws for them so at best a mixed bag. Also no marriage for us there yet though it has been discussed at the legislative levels so we'll have to wait to see how that all plays out.

    So that just needs to be qualified. Jews and Buddhist generally are more accepting of us, but they have their fundamentalists too.
  • metta

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    Apr 24, 2015 5:33 PM GMT
    What Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism really think of LGBTI people will surprise you


    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/what-hinduism-buddhism-sikhism-and-jainism-really-think-lgbti-people-will-surprise-you240415
  • wesv

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    Apr 25, 2015 12:21 AM GMT
    Generally speaking Buddhists aren't anti-gay on religious grounds since the religion doesn't speak against nor for it. With that being said, some Buddhists in Asia might be anti-gay on secular reasons such as the thought "it's just gross." Jewish Americans are left-wing leaning, so that's no surprise.