Well, I’m writing this first thing this morning so I don’t know what the news will look like by the time this publishes, but judging by the media we may as well assume that same-sex marriage is going to be made legal, whether now or in a couple of years’ time when the subject is brought up again. Just a couple of thoughts, more a braindump than anything else.
To say that only about 1% of the population is gay, as a general rule talk about homosexuality seems to make far more headlines than, say, abortion, which is experienced first-hand by one in three women. Maybe the media’s priorities need looking at.
Just because the loudest voices say that ‘everyone supports gay marriage’ (to the point that it’s being worded as ‘opposing plans’ rather than ‘supporting current legislation’), it’s not the case that everyone does. A lot of people are in favour of it, a lot are against it, and a lot of people simply haven’t thought it through…but would say they’re for it because ‘everyone else is’. Maybe the media should be fairer and more objective.
A Christian’s view of marriage is not affected by the state’s view of marriage; Christian marriage is between one man and one woman as a reflection of Christ’s relationship with the church (e.g. see Ephesians 5). That’s clearly not the state’s view of marriage currently, and I don’t think the church really wants to force people to obey Christian law in the same way that Muslims might want Sharia law imposed. At the end of the day a gay couple wanting a piece of paper saying ‘married’ on it doesn’t have any impact on God’s view of that relationship.
Crying for equal rights is nonsensical as part of this debate; everyone currently has an equal right to marry someone of the opposite sex, and ultimately it isn’t a right, it’s a privilege.
And, while we’re on the point of equal rights, how about those people who would like to marry a family member, or an animal, or have several husbands/wives? How dare we restrict their ‘right to marry’? Perhaps you look at that sentence and think, ‘but that’s sick.’ Doesn’t that sound like society’s view of gay couples only a few decades ago?
Ultimately, and this is surely the most important point, what is marriage if not a reflection of Christ and the church? Two people promising their lives to one another? The divorce rate wouldn’t agree with that, civil partnership provides an alternative, many couples promise their lives to each other without ever marrying, and what actually changes at marriage for most couples nowadays? Remaining a virgin until your wedding day is the subject of jokes more than anything else now.
Oh, and by the way, saying ‘people objected to multiracial marriage before’ isn’t an argument for same-sex marriage any more than it’s an argument for bestiality.
- The Government has no mandate to redefine the meaning of marriage (telegraph.co.uk)
- Equal Marriage: An Open Letter to MPs (iaindale.com)
- 10 Reasons Why The Government is Wrong To Redefine Marriage (godlypolitics.wordpress.com)
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby opposes Cameron over gay marriage (thetimes.co.uk)