Steve, 50 years ago a theologian by the name of Harvey Cox<quoted text>
There are many decent people who oppose gay marriage, but young people are totally for it, and they see it as the biggest civil rights issue of this era.
essentially declared that we were living in post-Christian
era. I rejected the idea then, then later came to understand
that what was happening wasn't about Christianity alone, but
theological assumptions as a whole.
In short, it wasn't the end of Christianity (Harvey's
article on the cover of Time Magazine was "Is God Dead?")
but the end of the tacit acceptance of millions/billions
of human beings that the declarations of Christianity
(of whatever stripe), Judaism, Hinduism, Confucianism,
or any other world religion were subject to scrutiny in
the light of established scientific fact.
From an anthropological standpoint homosexuality was
deemed wrong because males died in conflict with both
animals and other human beings .... to waste human "seed"
in a nonproductive exercise was regarded as sinful. Why?
More human creatures were needed in the battle or war for
mere existence as individuals, as tribe, as culture ...
you get the idea no doubt.
Those days are over.
Quite literally, "gay marriage" is a dead issue. My only
argument is that we get rid of the word "marriage" in all
legal matters and replace it with "civil union." The
government seized upon marriage as a union of 1 male and 1
female only for the purpose of 1) public record and census
benefit, 2)an admittance that only the Church (in all its
manifestations) had accurate accounting of its membership
and constituents, and 3) had an ability to impose taxes or fees upon those intending to engage in a marriage relationship.
My opinion: let us dump "marriage" as a legal term. Let
us reserve the word "marriage" as a specifically religious
term that applies to those who have entered into a union
that, even more than "civil" in the legal sense, commits to
a 1 man and 1 woman bond.