Thank you so much to everyone who has replied so far. (I definitely would love more advice if you have it to give!)
I am not a new or particularly young student. I’m 26 and I have been attending this community college on and off for the last 8 years. I’m finally in full-time now (after changing my major over to social work) and will complete at least my Assoc. of Arts in it, if not going on further to get the B.A. and MSW, we’ll see.
I didn’t think about the politics of the major before now. My studies have not involved these important issues until now, and they will from here on out, as far as I can see. Since I wasn’t expecting it, I wasn’t prepared for it.
You all have given me some very good food for thought, and I thank you. I will definitely make this situation a part of my regular prayer time. I normally don’t have a problem speaking up about an issue, but I’ve never had to do it on a continual basis or with people this young (18-20) who are the main ones defending it and (like a poster above said) most likely just getting their ideas from the media and their own sense of “freedom”. They (and we) are made to feel guilty if we “discriminate”. It’s not discrimination to say that marriage is a male/female only institution! One thing I heard a number of times was, “You can’t choose who you love.” Honestly? Complete baloney! grrr…
It’s my first class in the subject matter of s.w., and I was the only person who spoke out against it. There were a few other people who were opposed to gay adoption while not being opposed to gay marriage, but as soon as you have the one, you’ll have the other. And there were a couple ladies (older than me) who said that while they’re not opposed to gay marriage, they don’t agree with it.
Thank you for the link to the Catholic S.W.! I will definitely be giving that some of my time and attention.
I was reading through Scripture last night to help give me some thoughts to ponder on, and one of the passages I read was from Chronicles I think, about the prophet Elijah on Mt. Carmel, where he was the only prophet of the Lord left against 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, and they tried for hours and hours to call down fire from heaven through Baal but could not, and then Elijah doused the wood with tons of water and called on the Lord only one time and the wood, stones and water were all consumed, and then the people fell down and worshipped the Lord and the prophets were put to death. It was a good passage for my issues right now. Even though I may be just one, I have God on my side, no matter if I convince anyone or not, if they trap me and seem to “win” the arguments or not.