More On Gay Marriage

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I was listening to Diane Rehm this morning, I just can’t stomach Glen Beck.  The topic was gay marriage and her panel consisted a mix of supporters and opponents to laws being passed around the country in support of equal rights.

A caller called in from Michigan and spoke of her personal experience.  Her children have several friends who have 1 or more gay parents.  As often occurs, the parents of children friends begin to become friends.  Soon the families were having dinner here and there, the kids would have sleepovers and all the normal things that happen with kids.

Good story.

But then she went on to explain that as a Christian she does feel that marriage is between one man and one woman – and therefore doesn’t support gay marriage.  Further she went on – whenever she mentions her stance in company, at least someone will claim she’s a bigot and a hater.

She wanted to hear advice on how to handle her dilemma.

My response would be simple and straightforward.

“Lady, do you believe it is a sin to take the name of the Lord in vain?”

She’ll answer, “Why yes, of course it is.”

“Well, do you think that we should pass a law making that illegal?  Further, just because you might think that such language is a sin, do you think that people who DO use such language are going to hell?  Or, further – do you hate them?”

Look, I am fully supportive of the legal right of free people to live how they want to.  When it comes down to “Is it a sin?”

Well, I don’t really know or care.  There are a TON of things that I DO think are sins and people all over creation have no issue with them.

  • Divorce
  • Premarital sex
  • Lying

Anyway – this whole debate seems to simple to resolve.  You can still think a thing is “wrong” and yet have it be legal.

Sheesh.

8 responses to “More On Gay Marriage

  1. As someone divorced I respect that you do not think that the right thing to do, and thank you for tolerating my different perspective on the issue.

    • As someone divorced I respect that you do not think that the right thing to do, and thank you for tolerating my different perspective on the issue.

      My folks are divorced, Many people I love the MOST in all the world are divorced. And that’s my point.

      It ain’t if we ever struggle – it’s who we love.

  2. My basic position on this is that the government shouldn’t have the power to affirm or deny marriage in any form. There was great celebration here in MN when they legalized gay marriage and MPR still can’t seem to get off the topic… I was less enthused. In my view the heart of the issue is more systemic than making gay marriage legal. We have built up so much policy based on marital status that should simply not exist. This issue would just go away from a legal standpoint if we didn’t tax, entitle or grant special status based on marriage. Marriage should be a private matter, not a status handed down or rewarded to you by the government by which you are now part of or not part of a special class.

    • My basic position on this is that the government shouldn’t have the power to affirm or deny marriage in any form.

      Bingo.

      Marriage should be a private matter, not a status handed down or rewarded to you by the government by which you are now part of or not part of a special class.

      I only withhold judgement on matters of sick and dying – who gets to decide? And then estate issues.

  3. This debate is always framed as if Gay marriage is a settled institution and anyone opposing it is denying an existing right. It is a new right being created out of thin air. Marriage is a settled institution. Cultural and legal. To say that expanding the boundaries of that institution will not affect the institution is naive.

    • Marriage is a settled institution. Cultural and legal.

      Tyranny was a settled legal institution until 1776.

      To say that expanding the boundaries of that institution will not affect the institution is naive.

      Of all the things messing up our families today – gay people loving each other isn’t one of them.

  4. Why until 1776? Tyranny is not a settled institution, it is a human condition and it will never be gone. People love all kinds of other people and even love objects and animals. Marrying anyone or anything you love will always have restrictions. As we move from primitive societies where severe restrictions on institutions like marriage had practical reasons to ever increasingly liberal ones where those restrictions are being changed, then if all limits are dropped the institution probably has outlived it’s usefulness and should be scrapped. I am coming to believe that is goal.

    If marriage as it has been practiced is made irrelevant, that moves another societal glue from non governmental institutions to the ever growing beasts of the state.

  5. Gay marriage is great. We need more gays to get married. We need more Feminists having fewer babies and aborting the ones they do have. Progs need to watch more TV, buy more crap, run up more debt pursuing worthless degrees, etc, etc. In short, the more self-inflicted wounds self-loathing Cathedral acolytes inflict upon themselves, the better. The future belongs to those who show-up for it.

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