Proposition 8 and Messy Disagreements

two_wedding_ringsThe verdict is in, and for those of us who have watched these cases closely, listened to oral arguments and read briefs, here is the result – the Supreme Court has ruled on two pieces of the same-sex marriage (SSM) legal puzzle. The striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act’s definition section is fairly straightforward, but I’ll write about it in a few days, once the dust settles a bit. But the ruling on California’s Proposition 8 is a real head-scratcher. What, exactly, did the court decide?

Let’s take a look…

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On the Inevitable Legality of Same-Sex Marriage

ImageThree or four times a week I get an email from a prominent conservative organization, urging me to act now, either through contribution or activism, to protect marriage against its greatest threat: homosexual or same-sex marriage (which I will call SSM for the rest of this post). As I did with the Obamacare case, I’ve been listening to the Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 (Prop8). From my understanding of the arguments and the culture in which we live, SSM is inevitable, but not for the reasons generally cited. That is, it is inevitable, but not because “young people” are more tolerant and the “old, intolerant killjoys” will eventually die out or lose influence.

Let me explain, and probably offend conservatives and liberals alike….

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How Jesus Defined Marriage

I am a follower of Jesus.  I think you should be one too and would love to talk with you about it, but if you don’t want to talk about it, I still hope we can maintain our friendship.

I have grown up around the world, lived in a variety of places with a wide range of people from a whole host of backgrounds.  In all that time, I have learned how to understand and be understanding, how to love and share with people who see things different than me.

The reason I begin this way is because I want to give my view on a difficult issue of current cultural importance.   From the title of this blog, you know my topic.  I do not intend to answer all objections to traditional Christian views of sexuality.  I simply want to deal with one:  it has been said that Jesus does not mention homosexuality or gay marriage anywhere.  Such a statement is misleading.  For though Jesus never says the words “homosexuality” or “gay marriage,” he does give his definition of marriage.

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