An essay on why the arguments against gay marriage don't hold up in the light of reason.
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This is an essay by Scott Bidstrup in which he outlines why so many arguments do not make sense. Bidstrup states that while most people will say they believe gay people should have equal rights, those supportive people do not believe that their rights should be enforced gay rights. Bidstrup states that most believe that the gay community has all they rights that heterosexual couples have, the right of employment, the right of housing, access to government benefits, et cetera.
Bidstrup states that most people are under the assumption that all gays are promiscuous and in fact do that have stable relationships. But Bitstrup said people miss an important fact, and that is that they are just like the straight society. They have long term relationships, and they have the desire to marry. The gays are just as loyal and monogamous and very devoted partners. Bitstrup believes that most people believe that the gays have a choice of who they are, and they have chosen to be gay. People believe that the gays would always chose to be straight if they could. Bitstrup wants people to realize that being gay is not just about sex,, but it is also about love and affection.
This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases dealing with gay marriage: the challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. On the Political Scene podcast, Jeffery Toobin and Margaret Talbot talk with Dorothy Wickenden about how the Court might rule in each case and what the decisions could mean for marriage equality.
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The Podcast discusses moving Gay Marriage Forward. The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in two cases that deal with the right for gays to marry and what it would mean for them. The Podcast is about the effect of a ruling either for or against gay marriage. The State of California decided not to even defend its own law in court and left the original proponents to do it. It is a waiting game to see if the Supreme Court just doesn't rule on the Prop 8 bill and if they say that those who lost the ruling in the lower court would even have a standing in the Supreme Court. For the Supreme Court, the pro-right people wanted the court to recognize new laws, and they would not easily. But California is coming around, and the pro-rights people believe it will be a done deal. Politically, there are some Republicans who are reluctant to vote for same-sex marriage because their worried for their own popularity with the voters.
The question of whether and how society should recognize same-sex couples is a divisive issue. Supporters believe it is a matter of human rights and justice. Opponents believe it is a matter of a sin using the Bible. Both sides use scientific research to prove their points. Briefs written have asked, do the relationships of same-sex and different-sex couple differ? Does having a gay parent cause a disadvantage? Does each side benefit from the institution of marriage? Some states offer limited benefits to same-sex marriages, i.e., group medical insurance, Also the same-sex couples could adopt a child, but only that person had rights for the child, not like different-sex adoptions, which the married couple both had rights to the child. In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriages and within two days, 1,700 couples filed their intentions to marry.
In Our Mutual Joy: The Religious Case for Gay Marriage, Lisa Miller begins by attempting to define marriage as the Bible does. Miller asks the question of whether we should look to Abraham, who slept with his servant when he found out his wife was infertile, or Jacob, David, Solomon who were all polygamists. Paul also stated that marriage should be a last resort for those who could not contain their lusts. Miller also reminds people that the Bible talked about slavery. The United States during the civil war abolished slavery, going against what the Bible states. Miller makes reference to that although while people against same-sex marriage preach about how the Bible talks about marriage being between a man and a woman, nowhere in the Bible does it actually state that. Although the Bible does say that people should marry and procreate, when the Bible was written there was not the ability of adoption and assisted reproduction. Miller believes that religious objections to gay marriage really have nothing to do with the Bible, but their own distaste for gay sex. Miller believes that Americans should remember that the Bible is really about loving one another. If Jesus were here today, Miller believes he would love the gay and lesbians because the Bible is built on inclusiveness.
In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an "evolution" that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.
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President Obama, although he has always supported gay and lesbian relationships, he had never come out and said directly that he supported the rights of gays to marry. In this Interview with Robin Roberts, the President made his position known. President Obama cited the "Winds of Change" as his deciding factor. In this interview, President Obama tells how he has always supported the gay community, he wrestled with the gay marriage issue. President Obama stated in the interview that no one could say he was making his statement for a political advantage because the political world is not that cut and dried. President Obama believed that the time was right for him to let people know how he feels and what he believes. the was also mention of how the polls show how Americans feel about gay marriage. In Americans under the age of 40, there was support for gay marriage in a margin of 61 - 35 percent in favor. At the same time, polls of Americans over the age of 65, 54 percent oppose it. Also there is a racial gap, with whites and hispanics favoring same sex marriage, and African-Americans opposing it.
(c) To the extent that provisions of the laws of this State, whether derived from statutes, administrative rules or regulations, court rules, governmental policies, common law, court decisions, or any other provisions or sources of law, including in equity, adopt, refer to, or rely upon in any manner, provisions of
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This video clip let's the viewer in on the background of Shane and Tom, two homosexuals. The video begins with various pictures of them, letting the viewers know that they moved in together. After a while, they bought a house together, built a business together, and traveled the world together. One day they decided to come out to their parents. Shane's parents were very understanding, just being happy that Shane had found the love of his life. Tom's parents were not as understanding. They blamed Shane for making their son a homosexual. Then an accident happens and Tom is killed when he fell off a roof top. Tom's parents came into town and again blamed Shane. They told Shane that he must pay for the body to be transported back to Indiana, and he must also pay for the funeral. Tom's mother went through their house and took stuff that belonged to her son. Shane made his arrangements and paid for his flight to Indiana for the funeral. He receives a phone call from a member of Tom's family stating that he was not welcome at the funeral. Shane is devastated. It took a couple of years before Shane could actually see Tom again, at the grave site.
Editor's note: Daniel A. Helminiak, who was ordained a priest in Rome, is a theologian, psychotherapist and author of “What the Bible Really Says about homosexuality" and books on contemporary spirituality. He is a professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia.
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Daniel A. Helminiak is an ordained priest in Rome and a professoryof psychology at the University of West Georgia. As the Bible is the center of the debate regarding gay marriage and anti-gay marriage, Helminiak gives his take on how he views the Bible addresses homosexuality. Helminiak states that when the Bible is read in its original language and placed into historical context, it really does not address homosexuality except in the terms of injustice and abuse. Many anti-gay people speak of Sodom in their arguments. But Helminiak states that the Sodomites wanted to rape visitors whom Lot, a man in the city, welcomed in. Helminiak speaks of how the sin of Sodom was hatred and strangers and cruelty to the poor and needs and injustice for the widow and orphan. But no where are the same-sex arguments mentioned in the sin of Sodom. It does, however, mention adultery and lying as sins. Helminiak stresses that Jesus says "love your neighbor as yourself. Helminiak emphasizes that that Catholic bishops make sex the Christian test, and by doing that, they sacrifice the "social safety" in return.
Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.
Leviticus 20:`3 - If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abnomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Romans 1:24-27 - Wherefore god also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.
Genesis 19:1-13 - And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and :Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground
So many people want to quote the Bible, saying that is 100 % clear that homosexuality is a sin punishable by death. Well the Bible also says that you may not wear two different materials of clothing touching. It says you may not eat shell fish. If to people engage in sex before marriage, they shall be executed. This last statement itself would kill off virtually everyone over the age of 14. .
While in the midst of my parsed essay Rev. Dr. Mel White on Christian Homosexuality another interesting development in this arena has taken place.New Testament MarriageTopical FallaciesHyper-Pseudo-InclusivenessConcluding MusingsLisa Miller, of Newsweek, wrote an article entitled, "Our Mutual Joy" which is about gay marriage.
This lawsuit was stated by six couples seeking equal protection under Iowa law to be able to marry and receive all the benefits of legally married couples. Each couple had been married between five years and 16 years, with several couples already raising families and others wanting to begin raising a family. The basis for the lawsuit was that under the Iowa constitution, it is unlawful to bar same-sex couples from marrying. This lawsuit is based on Iowa State Law, so this Supreme Court Decision is the final word on the subject. During the course of the lawsuit, there were many motions filed by antigay legal organizations to intervene on the behalf of Defendant Brien. In the Iowa constitution protects the rights of all people to marry the person of their choosing. Upon marriage, the people are promised equal treatment under Iowa State Law. These six couples claim that the ban that had previously been in effect regarding gay marriage in Iowa violates their civil liberties and the guarantee under the law of equal protection. This violation thereby is unconstitutional and discriminates against all the gay community strictly on the basis of their sexual orientation. In 2006 the Iowa District Court rules that the law as it stands is unconstitutional. On to the Supreme Court. Oral arguments were heard in December of 2008. In April of 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court rules that the state could not deny same-sex couples from marrying as it was unconstitutional.
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