Teammates on Texas soccer team Houston Dash, Erin McLeod and Ella Masar, got hitched – just four years after Masar called gays “ungodly”.
It’s hard to believe that in the space of four years, Ella Masar went from disagreeing with the soccer community embracing homosexuality – to getting married to her team mate. Who said people can’t change?
In 2011, this is what Masar said about lesbians in women’s soccer:
My commitment to competing for Christ has given me opportunities to witness to my teammates and fans. I am often surrounded by people living ungodly lifestyles, specifically when it comes to homosexuality. As a Christian, sometimes I am ridiculed for not going along with the crowd, but I do my best to explain to them that, as a Christfollower, I still love them even though I am not going to agree with what they do. To me, that demonstration of love is a powerful witness for Him.
It looks like love really can change minds, because since meeting the “love of her life” Erin McLeod, her outlook is completely different.
You see, I have accepted my life, my actions, and my voice. I know that just because the religion I choose to live by is love, that does not mean you or anyone else has to follow. That’s where I understand that everyone is different. That God has made and numbered the hairs on our heads for a reason.This is where I have found my peace.
Love will always win.
However, since posting their beautiful wedding pictures online, the couple have been getting backlash from religious groups and individuals online. Responding to the hateful comments, Ella released another statement.
Addressing all the haters online, she posted heartfelt Instagram photo, accompanied by this caption:
For all the congratulations, love, and support thank you. Erin and I feel overwhelmed and blessed with everyone that has reached out… Also, to the “other” messages, thank you. Thank you for praying for me and reinforcing my own prayers because as you pray, “Lord please help Ella, allow her to see her sin for loving that woman, for respecting her, being faithful, honoring her, etc …” Know I am saying the same thing, “my Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing me find my better half, for finding someone that strengthens my faith and allows me to be the person I always imagined. Thank you for teaching me what truly loving someone and others is all about, amen.”
— erin mcleod (@erinmcleod18) July 8, 2015
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