straight ally pride 150x150 Homophobia in the Social Media Age: Defriended Over a Same Sex WeddingThere’s a post making the rounds on social media that I wanted to share with you, because I think we can all relate to the author’s experience of anti-LGBT bigotry in the social media age. Check out this excerpt:

[My brother and his husband] married in May. It was a wonderful ceremony in which I was honored to stand by my brother, supporting him in his vows. My eyes teared up like they always do at weddings. I had the joy of watching two people commit to a lifetime together. It filled my heart.

Folks started posting photos from the wedding on Facebook, and I proudly reposted photos of the ceremony (with me looking awesome in my new suit, of course). Shortly after that, I received this message from a FB friend:

“Hey David, I am removing you from my friends list…sorry man, that latest post is way over the top! Homosexuals joining in “Holy” matrimony…I don’t think so??? The Holy Bible speaks out against homosexuality and speaks highly of Holy matrimony between a man and a woman. It’s nothing more than a slap in the face to those who choose God’s Word, for homosexuals to join in a Holy marriage. I’m only defriending you so I don’t have to look at your anti-God stuff anymore…nothing personal!”

Wow.

Head over to the evoL= blog to read the author’s full response. It’s an inspiring anecdote about a straight ally gaining valuable insight into the sting of marriage discrimination that LGBT people face on a daily basis, and it’s worth reading in its entirety.