The New York Times reports that there are more than 400 LGBT candidates running for office in the upcoming U.S. Election. That is the highest number on record.
Presently there are about 500 openly LGBT elected officials throughput the country. That includes one governor (Oregon) and seven members of congress—one in the Senate and 6 in the House of representatives.
No one is suggesting that LGBT candidates aren’t capable or should be prohibited from running for political office, but obviously their lifestyle will effect how they vote on various issues. In South Bend, Indiana, where your author lives, the current mayor is openly gay. He has been in office since 2012 and recently married his partner in a widely publicized local ceremony. He enjoys favorable opinion numbers and was elected by a significant margin.
It is difficult for gays to charge that they have been highly mistreated when they seem to do quite well in elections. We suggest it adds significance to the statement of Jesus to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).
–John N. Clayton © 2018