Archive for gay marriage

Quick Bite: The Homosexual Marriage Debate

Posted in Quick Bite, Relationships with tags , , , , on May 17, 2012 by Xajow

Here are a couple of links to decent articles about changes in how we define marriage.

How Straight Marriage’s Evolution Led to Obama’s Gay-Marriage Endorsement” by Stephanie Coontz

Victory Through Lexicography?” by Roderick Long

Quick Bite: Gay Marriage and the 2012 Presidential Race

Posted in Politics, Quick Bite, Running for President with tags , , , on May 15, 2012 by Xajow

Somehow President Obama is getting a lot of credit for being in favor of gay marriage. I do not understand the attention. The whole thing seems calculated to distract from the news about the economy. If President Obama wants me to believe he is making hard leadership decisions, then he ought to do something really challenging, like pushing for an end to the war on drugs, or genuinely cutting government spending. That President Obama gets so many people to believe his posturing is proof of courage is sad to me. Americans should know better by now than to accept things politicians say (including Republicans ones mind you) at face value.

A Few Words About Marriage

Posted in Christianity, Morality, Politics, Relationships, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by Xajow

After a lot of blather in the news media the past few days about Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks on gay marriage (don’t lesbians want to get married too?), President Obama has now officially said “it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

What took him so long?

Of course, he and I still disagree some on this matter. Obama still believes the states should be able to pass laws about homosexual marriage, and I think the government should just get out of the marriage business altogether. No more government interference in marriage licensing would solve the problem because then marriage would be  a private contract between two individuals and thus their sexual orientation would mostly be legally irrelevant.

“But  you’re a Christian,” I can guess some of you are saying, “how can you be in favor of gay marriage?” I am in favor of the government not imposing religious values. I am in favor of treating others they way I want to be treated. Yes, I know the Bible says homosexual acts are sins. It also says “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:32 NKJV) Yet divorced people get married again all the time. I don’t see anyone arguing that should be made illegal.

Marriage is a commitment between two people (or more if you want allow polygamy, but that is another discussion), and I am not greater than those two people. So why should I want their marriage to be against the law simply because their sexual behavior is a sin in my theology? Some people would consider kinky sex between heterosexual individuals to also be a sin. Shall we pass laws against marriage between heterosexuals who use something besides the missionary position?  I hope not.

I cannot and do not support laws against homosexual marriage. And I think it would actually be immoral if I did.