The state of marriage
By Brent Daggett
Contributing writer for End the Lie
Sadly, that is not the case, as some states are more concerned with the imaginary threat of gays and lesbians to the framework of society. Obviously this logic is quite faulty.
Last month, residents of North Carolina voted 61 to 39 percent in favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman making North Carolina the 30th state to do so.
In the article: Amendment One, North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban, Passes Vote, appearing in the Huffington Post on May 8, writer Martha Waggoner reporters how religion played a contributing factor in the outcome.
“Tami Fitzgerald, who heads the pro-amendment group Vote FOR Marriage NC, said she believes the initiative awoke a silent majority of more active voters in the future.
“I think it sends a message to the rest of the country that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Fitzgerald said at a celebration Tuesday night. “The whole point is simply that you don’t rewrite the nature of God’s design based on the demands of a group of adults.”
On the other hand, many states are standing up for equal rights for gays and lesbians. Currently, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and the District of Columbia all issue same-sex marriage licenses.
For those who are so deeply rooted in their religious persuasion and wanting to deny individuals their right to towards happiness, I wonder if they support the above forms of marriages since the Bible (the Old Testament) allowed them?
Editor’s note: It’s worth noting that all of those examples are from the Old Testament and many modern Christians argue that the New Covenant made such outdated laws as above (which most modern people would likely consider “barbaric” or “backwards”) and others, such as the command to not plant two kinds of seed in one field, are no longer applicable.
See the below video from Princeton Theological Seminary-trained theologian, author and Pastor Greg Boyd, PhD for more information on this perspective.
I just think that it is worth pointing out that not all Christians think that Old Testament law actually applies today. Those who do apply it selectively, as they likely do not believe that it is wrong to wear clothing of mixed thread (among other ancient laws which have little to no place in modern life), which is indeed in the Old Testament. Personally, I believe that Christians who confuse this topic just haven’t studied their holy text nearly enough.
To me, marriage licenses are away to regulate taxes and religion and signing a piece of paper just to prove ones love for each other is ridiculous.
Regardless of one’s sexual orientation or any other forms of domestic unions, individual rights should be protected above all else.
After all, the Constitution is supposed to protect the rights of everyone, not just those who have a certain sexual orientation.
I think privatizing marriage would allow a more sacred bond between couples. After all, shouldn’t those who love one another and want to establish their own spiritual journey be dealing with such matters between themselves and not mixing it with the business of the state?
Lastly, if any heterosexual married couple believes a marriage between Adam and Steve or Evey and Piper will cause problems for their marriage, then they need some serious therapy.
Edited by Madison Ruppert (Note: the above comments are my opinion and in no way reflect the opinion of Brent Daggett)