Master of Arts in Communication Studies
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There is a view of gay rights debates that pits Christians against gay rights advocates. According to this perception, Christians oppose gay rights, because the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin, and those who support gay rights do so using purely secular arguments. However, this perception of the gay rights debate is flawed and overly simplistic because not all Christians oppose gay rights. In fact, there are multiple interpretations of biblical texts that support homosexuality and have caused a gay rights debate within the church that is as complex and intricate as gay rights debate outside of the church. This thesis examines the gay rights debate within the church and, specifically, investigates the biblical arguments used by two individuals, Matthew Vines and Reverend Nancy Wilson, to convince others that homosexuality is not a sin.
Christian gays; Gay rights--Religious aspects—Christianity; Gays—Identity; Rhetoric
Miller, Joshua Holman, "The Rhetoric of Gay Christians: Matthew Vines and Reverend Nancy Wilson as Exemplars" (2014). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2122.