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Old 09-16-2017, 12:49 PM   #1
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Question gay married couple interested in Baha'i Faith

I need to know this: A legally married gay couple is interested in becoming a Baha'i. Would they have to split up and get a divorce?
 
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:55 PM   #2
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I need to know this: A legally married gay couple is interested in becoming a Baha'i. Would they have to split up and get a divorce?
From what I understand Baha'is should never put pressure or recommend that a couple get divorced in order to join the Faith. Becoming a Baha'i is a process of declaring one's belief in Baha'u'llah as a Manifestation of God, and His teachings as the Will of God for this age. In some (many) cases, current practices in society go against those teachings and require the believer to gradually change his/her behavior to better align with them, as a reflection of our love for Baha'u'llah. In the case of a gay married couple, I would suggest taking a gradual approach before requesting to enroll as Baha'is, study the Writings of the Faith, participate in Baha'i devotional gatherings and other activities.

The Teachings of the Faith are clear about the nature of humans as essentially spiritual beings that have their beginning in this material world but live eternally in the spiritual world of God, the purpose of sexuality as being for the propagation of the human species, and that it is not some thing that should dominate our thoughts and lives, and does not define who we are.

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Old 09-16-2017, 02:23 PM   #3
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I'm puzzled by the attention given to this issue. These questions reappear regularly.

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Old 09-16-2017, 04:03 PM   #4
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JCC,

"and that it is not some thing that should dominate out thoughts and lives, and does not define who we are."
I loved that you said this! It's a beautifuly written critique of society's obsession with unhealthy expressions of sexuality (well beyond the narrow issue of homosexuality). In fact your quote here applies just as much to materialism and pursuit of status so toxic to genuine spirituality.
It reminds me of a famous quote from gleanings "OH SON OF BEING! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants."

P.S. it's my individual opinion that homosexuals in committed marriages should be fully welcome in religious communities. Unmarried homosexuals should be treated identical to heterosexuals with simmilar behavior. That is to say at least in Christian circles unmarried straight singles are usually given a blind eye to their sexual practices. I don't see that homosexual promiscuity should be treated any differently unless you address the issue equally to all.
 
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