Back in August, Disney star Miley Cyrus tweeted a picture of a new tattoo, an equals sign on her wedding ring finger, declaring her support for the rights of gay marriage. The picture received a mixed response from her followers, some happy that she’d made the bold statement, and others disgusted that a Christian would do such a thing.
Writing an article for Glamour.com, she’s explained her reasons behind getting the tattoo and her shock at the response it gained. She wrote, “When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, "All LOVE is equal," a lot of people mocked me —they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can't people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?
“I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalized same-sex marriage, most of the time you cannot share the same health benefits, you are not considered next of kin and you are not granted the same securities as a heterosexual couple. How is this different than having someone sit in the back of the bus because of their skin color?”
Well said Miley!