It sounds like a book from the 70s, or the 90s, but Princeton grad, TIME reporter-at-large, and lifelong Christian, Jeff Chu recently toured the country asking every kind of religious leader Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America [Kindle]. Chu's blend of memoir and reporting has earned great reviews almost everywhere, including Dan Savage on the cover of the NYTBR a week ago: "a fascinating, thoughtful, and important book." Library Journal calls it "poignant, at times painful, and spiced with wry humor," and Frank Bruni writes, "Jeff’s own story makes me hopeful. It’s one of grace."
Again sounding outdated at a time when marriage equality now enjoys majority support nationwide, not as a sudden turnaround but as the result of gradual, steady gains of about two percenage points a year since 2004 (read Nate Silver), Harper scarily describes it thus:
"From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, from Westboro Baptist Church and their 'God Hates Fags' protest signs, to the pioneering Episcopalian bishop Mary Glasspool—who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher. Funny and heartbreaking, perplexing and wise, Does Jesus Really Love Me? is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual pilgrimage that reveals a nation in crisis."
This is not Chu's fault. But it's worth noting that publishers are still harping on gay culture wars when even Rush Limbaugh has conceded defeat, saying, "The issue is lost. I don’t care what the Supreme Court does. [Gay marriage] is inevitable."