Whatever the political fall-out of contemporary debates, What is Marriage? The Christian definition of marriage is more rational than anything the secular world has to offer; and Christians should not be afraid to preach this Scriptural wisdom to the world. I live in Canada where same-sex 'marriages' were legalized some time ago. The interesting thing is that studies show that not that many homosexuals have entered into a 'marriage'. Most of the men surveyed said they had no interest in marriage as they wanted to be free to go from sex partner to sex partner.
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They supported the idea of making homosexual "marriages" legal because they thought it would make their lifestyle acceptable in society. It discusses the concept of the word 'monogamish' which is "a term coined by sex columnist Dan Savage to describe relationships in which a couple is emotionally intimate only with each other yet engages in sexual infidelities or group sexual activity.
Monogamish couples can be sexually polyamorous but remain emotionally 'monogamous'… Monogamish coupling is generally considered acceptable, even normative, within homosexual communities. The author writes, "a significant percentage of persons in same-sex sexual partnerships, including those who advocate for the legal recognition of same-sex 'marriage', do not view monogamy or sexual exclusivity as part of the meaning of marriage. Despite their use of the term 'monogamy,' many are referring to 'monogamish' relationships. This misleading shift in language leads many Americans to misunderstand what it is they are really supporting when they advocate for same-sex marriage.
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Marriage is not being redefined in a way that simply includes same-sex couples, but redefined in a way that excludes sexual fidelity as an essential component of the marital relationship. The lower standard will eventually prevail, with the stricter 'sex with spouse only' being a valid option, but not an ideal—and certainly not the norm.
A significant percentage of heterosexual men will follow the example of their gay brethren and simply refuse to 'marry' if it comes with an expectation of sexual exclusivity. After all, why shouldn't they have the same marriage rights as gay men? But it doesn't matter what they want. In every struggle for expansion of man-made rights, some people win and some people lose.
Straight women will simply have to accept the loss for the greater good of normalizing homosexual conduct and preferences. If monogamy is not considered a necessary component of same-sex marriage, then it will only be a matter of time before the leavening effect of language reduces the cultural significance of monogamy in all marriages. Refusing to allow a husband to take a lover will be viewed as backward and old-fashioned as refusing to allow a wife to work outside the home. But is this really what they want.
Are they really ready to redefine marriage in a way that leaves out monogamy? Hey there, I'm a newly-wed and came across this article and your post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights. That is scary, but not at all surprising. The "rulers in high places" have always sought to pervert God's original design. We are all — straight, gay, man, woman, western, eastern — bearers of God's image, according to the Biblical worldview.
Jesus refuted those who tried time and again to trap him intellectually and politically, remember?
That is the last thing the Enemy wants mankind to realize or recognize. By removing meaning from life, the 'purposelessness' of our day-to-day in the universe, the Serpent accomplishes what he tried with Eve in Eden — that man can be God.
As infants, we cannot survive without a caregiver. How then, I ask those who desire to redefine marriage, does one conclude they have the capacity to be God, create their own morality, and achieve a desired, preferable outcome for humanity when our very existence is sustained by natural order?
This erosion of conscience breaks my heart for those seeking for the thing that God purposed in all of us — a relationship with Him and the effects thereof.
At the end of the day we are no different than the guy or girl next to us, gay or straight; we're human, have needs, and incur wounds with variable consequences per personal choice of response. Thanks for letting me share my thoughts, MaryLou. I see that your post here is more than a year old, but I trust God's timing in all things. Stay in Grace, okay. Apologetics is a ministry of Defenders Media, c 3 a non-profit organization.
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FEIN: Apologetics is a non-profit ministry. You can support our work here. Paul L. Maier on the Empty Tomb. MaryLou March 16, The author concludes with the following: "There cannot be a 'separate but equal' basis for 'marital' relationships, with heterosexuals expected to adhere to a standard of sexual fidelity while gay couples are allowed to redefine monogamy to include polyamourous sexual escapades.
Andrew Burris June 15, Same-sex marriage was among the leading trends today on Twitter and elsewhere. President Barack Obama, whose administration urged the court to rule as it did, tweeted that "Today's ruling is a historic step forward for MarriageEquality. Polls have shown increasing support for same-sex marriage, an issue Silicon Valley firms have long supported. Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft are just a few of hundreds of companies that have signed on to a brief filed with the U. Supreme Court arguing that federal same-sex marriage restrictions hurt their businesses by making it difficult to recruit the best people.
All of the companies signed on to the filing are located or operate in states where same-sex marriages are legal or recognized. The conflict between those laws and DOMA needlessly burdens those companies with extra costs and bureaucratic tangles, the filing argues. In effect, DOMA puts the companies in a position that "forces us to treat one class of our lawfully married employees differently than another, when our success depends upon the welfare and morale of all employees.
California was a pioneer on the issue until , when voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. The measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, codified marriage as the union between a man and woman. It was a response to a California Supreme Court ruling, based on an equal protection argument, earlier that year that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
The court then ordered the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Marriage is far more than a contract between individuals to ratify their affections and provide for mutual obligations. Rather, marriage is a vital institution for rearing children and teaching them to become responsible adults.
Throughout the ages, governments of all types have recognized marriage as essential in preserving social stability and perpetuating life. Regardless of whether marriages were performed as a religious rite or a civil ceremony, in almost every culture marriage has been protected and endorsed by governments primarily to preserve and foster the institution most central to rearing children and teaching them the moral values that undergird civilization.
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It is true that some couples who marry will not have children, either by choice or because of infertility. The special status granted marriage is nevertheless closely linked to the inherent powers and responsibilities of procreation and to the innate differences between the genders. By contrast, same-sex marriage is an institution no longer linked to gender—to the biological realities and complementary natures of male and female. Its effect is to decouple marriage from its central role in creating life, nurturing time-honored values, and fostering family bonds across generations. In recent decades, high rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births have resulted in an exceptionally large number of single parents.
Many of these single parents have raised exemplary children. Extensive studies have shown, however, that a husband and wife who are united in a loving, committed marriage generally provide the ideal environment for protecting, nurturing, and raising children. As an eminent academic on family life has written:. The burden of social science evidence supports the idea that gender differentiated parenting is important for human development and that the contribution of fathers to child rearing is unique and irreplaceable.
Our modern era has seen traditional marriage and family—defined as a husband and wife with children in an intact marriage—come increasingly under assault, with deleterious consequences. Further, the marriage rate has been declining since the s. These trends do not bode well for the development of the rising generation.
A wide range of social ills has contributed to this weakening of marriage and family. These include divorce, cohabitation, non-marital childbearing, pornography, the erosion of fidelity in marriage, abortion, the strains of unemployment and poverty, and many other social phenomena. The Church has a long history of speaking out on these issues and seeking to minister to our members with regard to them. The focus of this document on same-sex marriage is not intended to minimize these long-standing issues.
The movement to promote same-sex marriage as an inherent or constitutional right has gained notable ground in recent years. Court rulings, legislative actions, and referenda have legalized same-sex marriage in a number of nations, states, and jurisdictions. In response, societal and religious leaders of many persuasions and faiths have made the case that redefining marriage in this way will further weaken the institution over time, resulting in negative consequences for both adults and children.
A large number of people around the world recognize the crucial role that traditional marriage has played and must continue to play if children and families are to be protected and moral values propagated. Because the issue of same-sex marriage strikes at the very heart of the family and has the potential for great impact upon the welfare of children, the Church unequivocally affirms that marriage should remain the lawful union of a man and a woman. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that God has established clear standards of morality for His children, who are accountable before Him for their behavior.
Such standards cannot be changed by the reasoning, emotions, personal interests, or opinions of mortal beings. If tolerance is defined as showing kindness for others and respect for differing viewpoints, it is an important value in all democratic societies. But as Elder Dallin H. Tolerance is a way of reacting to diversity, not a command to insulate it from examination. The Savior taught that we should love the sinner without condoning the sin. Nor can the laws of men change the natural, innate differences between the genders or deny the close biological and social link between procreation and marriage.
As governments have legalized same-sex marriage as a civil right, they have also enforced a wide variety of other policies to ensure there is no discrimination against same-sex couples. These policies have placed serious burdens on individual conscience and on religious organizations.
Same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws have already spawned legal collisions with the rights of free speech and of action based on religious beliefs. For example, advocates and government officials in certain states have challenged the long-held right of religious adoption agencies to follow their religious beliefs and place children only in homes with both a mother and a father.