accounting for the Bible
The point is that I am finished "accounting" to homophobes for what the Bible says about marriage (or slavery, or polygamy, or marrying a virgin daughter...) I am saying that there is a deeper truth that wins out, just as abolitionism won out over the enforced labor of kidnapped Africans. The principle is biblical, but not in any literal sense.
We ALL pick and choose how we use (and abuse) the bible: conservatives, liberals and moderates. And we do it based on the presuppositions we bring to the bible. The conversation among differing communities is fine but the oppression and the denial of human rights is unacceptable. That is what I presuppose when I interpret scripture.
god over me, god before me, god behind me; on thy path, o god, thou in my steps...