“I don’t see what the big deal is…”
That’s what Brennan said when I asked, “What do you think about the same sex marriage decision?”
“But your facebook profile still has a rainbow on it?” I objected.
“So what?” he messaged back, “everyone was doing it. I didn’t want my friends to think that just because I’m a Christian I’m hating on them. Besides, if two people are in love and want to get married, isn’t it better than living together?”
After the SCOTUS decision, legalizing same sex marriage, facebook and the twitter-sphere lit up with lively, colorful, and sometimes emotional debate. Rainbows colored teen faces who never previously identified with the LGBT community. Opinions are still flying. Teens are observing and processing bits and pieces of the ongoing debate.
What are they thinking and feeling? Where do we go with this conversation this year? Here are some stats and some insights from youth workers speaking with teens.