Jars of Clay Frontman, Dan Haseltine, Sees No Negative Effect to Allowing Gay Marriage

Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine is joined by Brandon Heath at The 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards at The Grand Ole Opry House on April 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America)
Jars of Clay’s Dan Haseltine is joined by Brandon Heath at The 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards at The Grand Ole Opry House on April 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America)

Contemporary Christian music isn’t a format where one might think to look for vocal supporters of same-sex marriage, but as with anything else times are changing.

Dan Haseltine, front-man for the popular Christian band Jars of Clay, yesterday took to his Twitter account in a series of posts supportive of same-sex marriage, posting “Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non ‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.” He went on to write “I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?”

Haseltine compares the issue to civil rights struggles in the past, and asserts regarding Biblical arguments against same-sex marriage that “I don’t think scripture ‘clearly’ states much of anything regarding morality.” He goes on to write that “I think the vast interpretation has left room for people to deal inhumanly and unlovingly toward others that don’t fit their guidelines” and that “I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is ‘wrong.’ I care more about how it says we should treat people.”

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SOURCE: Metro Weekly
Chris Gerard

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