Who would have thought that so soon this discussion would be in front of everyone again – only this time with the President of the United States behind it? I’m not saying that’s a bad thing – quite the contrary, I believe it’s a good thing to have a sitting President of the United States take a formal stand on “Gay Marriage” (and why do we keep calling it Gay Marriage, anyway? Will we be keeping it separate from “Straight Marriage” or “Breeder Marriage,” “Black Marriage” or “Asian Marriage?”). Put simply, he’s stated that over the past several years, he’s been giving it a lot of thought and has come to the conclusion that everyone, even homosexuals, should have the right to marriage and everything it stands for. 

According to a recent NPR article (Same Bible, Different Verdict on Gay Marriage), the President cited his Christian faith as to his reason for supporting it. “The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know – treat others the way you would want to be treated,” he said in his interview.

So now we get into a Biblical debate between the two sides, each side leaning heavily on what they believe to be the final word on morality and moral living. Some preach that the Bible sanctions gay marriage (I have yet to find that passage), others preach that the Bible condemns homosexuality (and usually puts it in the same breath as hellfire and damnation, demon spawn and the like). They’ll spout chapter and verse of the Old Testament to their convenience, then jump to Paul’s letters in the New Testament to argue their case. Unfortunately, all they’re doing is regurgitating what they’ve been fed about homosexuality. I’ve said it before in earlier posts, but what is condemned in the Old Testament is the Old Testament. We are taught (as Christians) that Christ taught us that which is written in the Gospels. We believe (according to the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed) that Jesus was part of the Trinity; He was the Word made Flesh and dwelt among us. He – God made Man – never said anything about homosexuality. He never condemned it. He never spoke of it. What He did tell us to do is to love one another, even as He has loved us. Just where does that leave room for condemnation against homosexuals and their rights to live committed, monogamous lives with each other? It doesn’t.

Now on to Paul’s letters. What on earth was he ranting and raving about against homosexuality?

I’ll agree that Paul does preach against homosexuality. That’s not the issue. But what he rails against is not two people of the same sex who are in love with each other and desire to spend the rest of their lives together as any “married” couple would. The term that he used (which was plainly translated as “homosexual”) did not refer to same-sex partners in a committed relationship. It referred to the men who were married to women, who went to the temples and had sexual pleasures with the temple boys. I think anyone would be able to see the issues there even without me pointing them out. These were men committing adultery (oh, yeah; one of the 10 commandments, right?). These were men who were sexually abusing young boys. These were men who endangered the welfare of these children, making them sexual slaves of a sort, robbing them of their very wills. This is the “sin of homosexuality” Paul was talking about – and a type of person who would be universally condemned even today — with only the slight exception of certain churches that seem to feel sexual abuse of underage boys is okay…

But I digress.

On the other hand, I also continue to hear some saying that “gay marriage” will ruin the sanctity of marriage. This, of course, has me scratching my head. Would this be referring to the same sanctity of the 72-day marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries? Or would that be referring to the sanctity of the 9-day marriage of Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, the 55-hour marriage of Britney Spears and Jason Alexander, or the multiple marriages of those like Joan Collins (5), Elizabeth Taylor (7), and Zsa Zsa Gabor (9)? Can someone please explain to me exactly how it is that gays being given the right to marry will destroy the sanctity of marriage?

This coming election should prove to be interesting. Obama has now (with his Vice President) stood up for marriage — not just a “male and female” marriage, but the rights of marriage of any two people who love each other and wish to commit to each other. It will be interesting to see how Romney will continue to skirt around the issues, the rights of humanity, the economy, his bullying past, and everything else.

It all really makes me wonder what’s in the GOP’s water supply.