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Guest Column

May 11, 2013

The evangelical view of same-sex marriage

The issue of same-sex marriage seems to appear on a daily basis in the media these days.

We’re told the mood of the nation is moving in favor of same-sex marriage (58 percent of Americans now approve, according to a recent Washington Post poll). Eleven states have approved same-sex marriage, and six have provisions for civil unions (32 states have banned it).

Some politicians have “evolved” in their support of it, and now the Supreme Court is going to rule in June on two cases that will further open the door to national legalization of gay marriage. It could be said that those who support the homosexual agenda are winning the argument, thus winning the day.

Their mission now is to move past mere tolerance, to that of praise and absolute acceptance of their lifestyle. This leaves those, especially evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics who oppose this lifestyle, pushed into foxholes of silence.

The reason is the fear that if one questions the legitimacy of same-sex marriage they are shouted down and labeled as mean spirited, judgmental, and intolerant bigots. So, is there any room for a civil public debate on this issue? Can an evangelical Christian or a Roman Catholic voice their honest, valid conviction publically and be respected, much less tolerated? Even recently commentator Bill O’Reilly opined that you cannot just “thump” the Bible and win the debate in the public domain.

Without abandoning the Biblical argument, I’ll provide some secular ones and then finish with an evangelical one.

• To the issue of “marriage equality.” If a state or the federal government were to grant homosexuals the right to marry, would that not exclude other groups with different “sexual orientations?” To redefine marriage to include homosexuals than why stop there? Who’s to say that “marriage equality” should be confined to just two people?

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