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Earlier this year, students in a Missouri Catholic high school’s “morality” course were assigned an essay in which they had to defend the church’s stance against gay sexuality. Now, one teen has earned the applause of Reddit after sharing his 127-page opus that breaks from the church’s stance and defends the LGBTQ community.
Reddit user “averagesmurf” shared his “Gay Marriage Is Fabulous” essay on Reddit’s /r/lgbt subreddit last week. He said, even though he was tasked to “show and prove that the church’s position is right” about gay marriage, he had previously fought with his teacher over the subject, using the church’s teachings to defend homosexuality, arguing that many church conventions against LGBTQ life are flawed or go against Biblical teachings. After his teacher forced the class to watch an anti-LGBTQ propaganda video, he decided to write his paper and presentation in defense of gay marriage.
“When we we’re talking about ‘gay = pedophilia,’ I said that there was no evidence nor science to back the claim up, but rather much to discredit such a laughable theory,” the teen said on Reddit. “Furthermore, I went on to say that the only people who have higher rates of pedophilia are priests who molest little boys. Her response was, ‘Is that a fact? Or is that just something the media wants you to believe?’ She went on to totally deny that priests had ever molested children.”
Several posters weren’t convinced that the paper was real, so averagesmurf proceeded to post a GIF in which he goes through each page. The teen later uploaded his full paper onto Google Docs, which can be read online. While he claims the essay isn’t perfect, he’s still proud of the hard work that went into it over the course of several months.
He reportedly loves the last paragraph, saying that it’s his favorite in the entire essay.
“God created you, and he made no mistakes, God created me bisexual, and he made no mistakes, and he creates some people gay, and makes no mistakes,” the paper reads. “‘For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected’ (1 Tim. 4.4-5). Marriage is not between man and woman, marriage is between love and love. Love is not wrong, love is not a mistake, love is not an abomination, love is just love.”
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.