Unless you have been living under a rock in the United States this week, you know that the Supreme Court will start hearing arguments about gay marriage. I think we all know the objection: it redefines the biblical definition of marriage – one man and one woman. In an age of divorce, the one man and one woman definition can happen multiple times – see Elizabeth Taylor, Newt Gingrich, etc. etc.
In our Judeo-Christian nation, I find it interesting that opening arguments for gay marriage happen to be the week of Passover and Holy Week for Christians. Really Supreme Court, were there no other times available on the calendar?
Anyway, it seems that every day there is another politician who “comes out of the closet” so to speak in support of gay marriage. Since I’m from Kansas City, I’m giving a shout out to Claire McCaskill, D-MO who recently came out!
However, I have to give a face-palm of disapproval to Congressman Huelskamp R-KS on the other side of the state line who came out against gay marriage.
Here is an excerpt of his speech. It’s short and not so sweet so I thought I would include it.
“In the midst of all the discussion and protest surrounding these arguments, I would encourage the Court to not be distracted from the fundamental issue before them—will the U.S. Supreme Court choose to radically redefine marriage thus overturning the will of the American people as reflected in numerous votes by states, and by a vote of this body and signed into law by President Bill Clinton?
I urge the Supreme Court to uphold the will of the American people, support traditional marriage, and protect the democratic process by allowing the American people to express their will on this issue.”
I didn’t leave much out. That’s pretty much the whole thing. I would say two thumbs down on powerful and persuasive. “The will of the American people” – sorry Congressman. As of the latest poll 53% of American people support gay marriage.
Now something that is striking is that so few politicians are coming out publicly against gay marriage at a time when so many Americans are discussing it. Maybe that is a sign of the times as well. I don’t doubt many disagree, but they don’t want to do political damage by being too vocal. Maybe they know times they are a changing.
I can hear the opposition to gay marriage even without the politicians saying anything “but the Bible says homosexuality is wrong.”
My response – you are correct. The Bible says homosexuality is wrong.
A gasp from people who know me that can’t believe I just conceded a point.
The book I’m currently reading is The History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom. Now that I’m divorced and not one, I have tons of time to read about the history of one. It takes the definition of a wife back to Biblical times. One of the things it points out is that per Biblical requirements and for hundreds of years after if a woman’s husband died it was the obligation of the husband’s brother to marry the wife. (A shiver just went down the spines of modern-day women.)
Now if we wanted to carry out something like this in modern-day society, people would say we were crazy with a capital Z. Why? Because as a society we have evolved, even though this is in the Bible.
To say that something is just, because it is in the Bible is not reason it should be American law.
Equal right to marry who you love may not be your Christian way, but justice is the American way.
I guess we will leave it in the hands of our Supreme Court to decide. During this holy week, all we can all do is pray-50% of us will be praying for the right outcome.