This past Monday was my one-year wedding anniversary.
While I am thrilled to embark upon Year Two with my lovely bride, I have been more anxious than joyful about marriage these days. No, not my marriage (though there are joyful and anxious moments there among many others), but the marriage rights of thousands presently under siege in California via Proposition 8.
Prop 8 is the effort in California to institute an amendment to the state constitution that will prohibit gay and lesbian people from being allowed to legally marry. Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court overturned existing prohibitions against gay marriage and effectively legalized gay marriage. Now, there is conservative backlash in the form of this proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage in California as being between a man and a woman.
I believe that to deny LGBT people the right to marry is discriminatory, immoral, and anti-Christian. (I’m sure it goes against tenets of the faiths of many others as well, as well as those who have no faith, but I personally write from a Christian perspective.) I support equal marriage rights conferred without regard for the sex, gender, or sexual orientation of those involved, for the following reasons:
- LGBT people are created as such in the image of God. Thus, they are entitled to the the same religious and civil opportunities as anybody else.
- Christian marriage is a religious sacrament, while civil marriage a secular means of securing certain economic opportunities. Religious groups can disagree on whether or not to marry LGBT folk in their religious communities, but equal protection under the law cannot be compromised.
- What makes marriage “God-ordained” is the Godliness of the relationship, above all else. Couples of all persuasions can fully meet any criteria for marriage that is based on a holistic view of marital relations – rather than simply sex organs, which is insufficient for securing God’s blessing on a marriage.