A commenter on another blog repeated the claim that:
Same-sex marriage opponents, however, are arguing that marriage should be “limited to just us.” They frequently argue, as you do, that the law should be used to force other people to live according to their religious beliefs.
Some fictions never seem to die. What supporters of traditional marriage typically argue is as follows:
- “Same-sex marriage” is as logical as a square circle (“the same sex union of a man and a woman”). That’s really all you need, but there is more.
- These unions do not by nature or design produce the next generation. (The typical response about infertile couples fails on several levels, such as that the government is not omniscient about such things and adoption is always possible. Exceptions make bad rules.)
- These unions can never provide a mother and a father to a child. Never. (This also addresses the “What about infertile couples” question.)
- The same rationale used for “same-sex marriage” would also justify marriages involving polygamy, incest or bestiality. And don’t say, “That could never happen.” Did you predict twenty years ago that the Left would want to teach kindergarteners about “same-sex marriage?”
Therefore, while the relationships are legal and gays are free to love as they see fit, there is no reason for the government to endorse or affirm these relationships. You could only claim that we were trying to force others to live according to our beliefs if we prevented the relationships completely (i.e., Middle Eastern Islam).
There is nothing unequal about only recognizing marriage between a man and a woman. It is the only logical position to take. Anyone holding an opposing view is either advancing the homosexual agenda or they have been fooled by it.
Total number of Bible verses used in those arguments? Zero. The claim of the Left is based on anti-religious bigotry and trades on the general lack of critical thinking in our culture.
The main religious issue is how legalized “same sex marriage” will infringe upon religious freedoms. Despite the lies of the Left, this is a real threat and we’ve seen examples around the world and in the U.S. already.
[T]he widely respected UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who favors same-sex marriage, took time out to acknowledge that the religious liberty implications of same-sex marriage are not “scaremongering.”
Of course, if anyone wants to know what the one true God says about homosexual behavior He was very clear:
- 100% of the Bible verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referencing God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
- 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
- 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.
P.S. Who would have thought that Rick Warren would do a well documented flip-flop on Prop 8 and that the Osteens would (sort of) stand up for traditional marriage? As a commenter there pointed out, Joel should have made it clear that one man / one woman marriage wasn’t God’s “best,” it was his only. But he is a couple steps ahead of Warren.