A MODERATE PROPOSAL For Advancing the Cause of Marriage Equality

polygamy_wedding_rings12862463872Last week’s decisions by the Supreme Court constitute a milestone in the progress of the United States toward complete equality and justice, paving the way as they do for nationwide acceptance of gay marriage.  The nullification of the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act and the overturning of California’s Proposition 8 are especially welcome in their affirmation of American values on the eve of our nation’s 237th birthday.  At the risk of dampening the celebration, however, I gently suggest that the full legalization of same-sex marriage, however commendable in its own right, represents only a partial solution to the problem of marriage inequality, for Americans whose sexual orientation is pluralistic in nature remain outside the pale.  Their marriages are illegal, their very identity is denied, and they experience discrimination on a daily basis because their capacity for love transcends the restrictive custom of monogamy.

I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection.

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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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Fred Luter and God’s Judgment on America

Last week, I suggested that the American state must not be confused with the kingdom of God. About the same time I was writing that, a prominent Southern Baptist leader seemed to get a little confused. On a radio show March 27th, the host asked Fred Luter, the current president of the SBC, whether he believed that North Korea’s sabre rattling had anything to do with God judging America for debating same-sex marriage. Luter seemed to agree, responding:

It could be a possibility. I’m not that strong in prophecy, but I would not be surprised that there’s not a connection there simply because of the fact we’ve seen it happen in Scripture before. I would not be surprised that at the time when we are debating same-sex marriage, at a time when we are debating whether or not we should have gays leading the Boy Scout movement, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that we have a mad man in Asia who is saying some of the things that he’s saying.

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Rob Bell Would Make a Great Mormon

English: Rob Bell at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

I seem to be harping on Rob Bell lately (see here and here). If you’re tired of it, then be comforted. So am I. But I couldn’t pass up blogging about a bit of juxtaposition that I experienced today.

This morning I read that Bell had finally come out as supporting same-sex marriage. No real surprise there. Everything he’s said lately has been about the evolving nature of Christianity. Christianity needs to follow the culture, which isn’t actually what he says, of course. He says Christianity needs to follow God. I just think it’s funny that the secular culture knows where God is going better than the Church does.

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