A Discussion on Same Sex Marriage

Today there seem to be two distinct camps: Those who are totally against same sex marriage (SSM) and those who feel it's OK. Let's call them conservatives and liberals - in that order. But, is it as simple as that?

Not really. Many who call themselves conservatives have their feelings on SSM based on specific and strong beliefs stemming from fundamental religious origins. Many other conservatives do not feel this way at all - to them, SSM is perfectly fine.

The same "duality" exists on the liberal side as well. Many liberals have a strong attention to religious beliefs that indicate SSM is wrong as well as many others who do not.

A convenient "lumping" of liberals by some conservatives is that liberals tend to be atheists. This, of course is hogwash. A convenient "lumping" of conservatives by some liberals is that conservatives are all "Bible thumpers". This, also, is hogwash.

Before continuing, a note or two: I have no issue with any person's belief system. Persons who believe in a supreme being (i.e., God) can't prove He exists; and an atheist can't prove He doesn't. As long as someone doesn't try and "make" me believe as do they, I could care less. "Live and Let Live", as it were.

So, to continue...

I can "almost" understand someone's reluctance to the word "marriage" when it comes to SSM. If their religious belief system considers "marriage" to be only between a man and a woman, I can see (again, "almost") why they may be "put off". However, these same people seem to have an aversion to "Civil Unions" as well. That I do not understand.

This offering centers mainly on those who are against SSM based on religious foundations.

GENESIS 1:27 states "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." From the research I've done "in the image of God" refers to man having a soul - nothing more than an acknowledgement that man is part physical and part "spirit". So, following this logic God created us all, in a manner of speaking. Therefore, God is responsible for all - heterosexual and homosexual. And, God must be responsible for instilling a sex drive in all of us (as He did for all living things).

I have heard the argument that anyone who "commits" a homosexual act does so as a sin - as it not a "natural" act. Of course, to me being heterosexual, such an act would not be "natural". The allure of someone on the same gender is just not there. So, if I really wanted to "sin" it surely would not be with someone of the same gender. It's just the way I'm "wired".

So, could it be that homosexual persons are "wired" differently? Of course. So, "natural" to them is different than "natural" to me. And, yes, there are heterosexual individuals who have "experimented" with a gay encounter. For them it would be rightly be characterized as not "natural". So what! Let's not forget Matthew 7: "1. Judge not, that ye be not judged." & "2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."

Many who believe SSM is wrong tend to interpret the Bible as the literal "Word of God". That, of course, is fine for them. But, do they really mean that we must follow the Bible "literally"? They say, "yes". But, let's see.

LEVITICUS (20:13) states, "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

So, a literal interpretation indicates that all people who are same sex oriented should be put to death. Now, how does this "literal" interpretation of Leviticus reconcile itself with the "Thou shalt not kill" commandment (i.e., Commandment V if you are Catholic, Commandment VI if you are Protestant or Jewish)?

As many may know, the "Thou Shalt not Kill" passage is an incorrect translation. The correct translation is "Thou Shalt Not Murder". Some may logically argue that killing homosexuals is not "murder" as God has commanded such. So, why don't we do such now? For 2 reasons. The first and most important is that it is just wrong. The second reason is taken from the Matthew 7:1 quote from above. We have no right to judge others for the way they were born.

You can't have it both ways, guys! You must either accept the Bible as the literal Word of God or only the parts of the Bible you agree with as literal. There seems to be a "LOGIC = FAIL" here. Once you agree with the latter option, you are on VERY shaky ground - who gave you the right to decide what God really meant?. And if you accept the former option, you are disobeying God by not killing homosexuals; if you comply you are violating the "Thou shalt not kill" Commandment - also "God's Word". This inconsistency would render God fallible / not perfect. I don't think you want to go there!

Consider the fact that the Bible was written at a time when physical labor was paramount to human survival. More people meant more workers, more workers meant more food, etc. Procreation in those days was a necessity to our existence. So, any sex act that wasn't directly aimed at reproduction was made - by man - to be felt "wrong". Not unreasonable for the time, but not so applicable today.

And, consider further that if homosexual persons are not genetically "wired" to be so, why are there still homosexuals among us? Since they can't (under general conditions) procreate, they can't create more homosexuals - it's not exactly, predictably hereditary. So, does this mean that in part of our collective genetics exists a persistence that keeps cropping up every now and then? Logic says "yes". So, God, who created us all - don't forget, must be responsible. If you want to blame someone, blame Him. NO? I thought not.

At least in this country we are all equal under the law. So why must people try and deny basic, legal rights to those who may have a different sexual preference? Makes no sense. Smacks of both biological and moral ignorance.

If the word "marriage" is a problem, make THAT the issue. If you have problems with a "civil union", you have more problems than just this discussion. I think it's called bigotry. Check out Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

If you still have a sticking point on the religious foundations against homosexuality, check out the below clip from the TV Show "West Wing" - more biblical references are provided.

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