Continuing Debate: Same-Sex Marriage


Does Same-Sex Marriage or Civil Union Really Pose a Threat to the Family? I Mean, Really?

 Based on some intensive research I’d done recently in exploring the role of theology in the 21st century, I chose to look at same-sex unions from the ancients’ attitudes to more recent movements. The results were eye-opening. It led me to reconsider how much of a threat same-sex unions are to the “family,” especially in view of what family has become today in our culture. This article looks for a definition of marriage; perhaps we should re-examine our definition of family while we’re at it.

The number of states went up to eight, when on March 1, Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. It will not go into effect, however, until 2013 and opponents are collecting signatures to force a popular vote on the issue, the Washington Post reported on March 14.

Since 1998, 31 states have had ballot measures related to same-sex marriage, and opponents have prevailed in every state, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Advocates for same-sex marriage have not been able to give an answer to the question “What is marriage?” that does not result in the complete collapse of the institution, wrote Matthew J. Franck, Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute, for Public Discourse last December 15.

“That is to say, if men can marry men, and women marry women, we no longer know what the institution is, or what it is for, or what its boundaries are, or who is to be ruled in and who is to be ruled out as eligible to participate in it,” he commented. If same-sex marriage is allowed then the door is open for polygamy, polyamory and incest, he added.

Read or download the entire article at Same-Sex Marriage. Read what the English government is doing about redefining marriage: English Government Seeks New Definition Of Marriage.

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