Same-Sex Marriage

by Hugh Fulford
weddingcouple3.jpgAs of Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, President Obama and his administration will no longer defend the constitutionality of a law that bans recognition of gay marriages. He favors the removal of the ban and the legal acceptance of same-sex marriage.
In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. (For what it is worth, God’s word, the
Bible defines marriage the same way and only that way.)
In spite of the president’s recent decision, DOMA remains in effect, and the Justice Department will continue to enforce it, but according to a story appearing in “The (Nashville) Tennessean” Feb. 24, “in federal courts, the significant legal firepower of the
federal government has changed sides, which could influence judges’ consideration of anti-DOMA lawsuits.”
The president himself is on record as wanting the act “clearly struck down by the courts or repealed by Congress, which he has urged.”
The story went on to say that Obama’s reversal on the law had long been sought by gays who overwhelmingly voted for him in 2008. Obama is quoted as saying that he is still “grappling” with his personal views on whether gays (a terrible corruption of an otherwise
beautiful word) should be allowed to marry.
The Tennessean article, written by Pete Yost and Nancy Benac of the AP under a Washington dateline, spoke of how the legal landscape has changed in the last 15
years. It also said, “The social landscape has changed as well.” Five states — Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont — as well as the District of Columbia, have made same-sex marriage legal. In 30 states — including Tennessee — there are constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
God created the first man, Adam, from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). When there was “not found a helper comparable to him … the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam … and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:20-21).
In Genesis 3:20 the Bible tells us that Adam called his wife’s name Eve, not Steve! What, pray tell, is so difficult to understand about God’s arrangement for marriage?! No animal was suitable as a mate for man, neither was another man!
In the New Testament, Jesus said: “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5).
Is there any doubt as to what Christ taught about marriage and who should be wed to each other?
But as the newspaper article said, “The social landscape has changed.” Ah, yes, how it has changed!
Some folks seem to think that a changing social environment has nullified biblical teaching, and that the Bible is no longer inspired but that is has expired!
The laws of the land can be ignored, changed, and repealed, “but the word of the Lord endures forever” (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:25). Individuals and nations who ignore it do so their everlasting peril.

One thought on “Same-Sex Marriage

  1. Brothers Mansel and Fulford,
    Yes indeed, “the social landscape” has changed” dramatically, HOWEVER, it will interest the astute Constitutional thinker and Christian disciple that WE are basically to blame for the degradation of our social landscape. When government was allowed to codify marriage on the good sounding grounds of eliminating plural marriages, disease risk, etc., the problem was created. If we can codify marriage in any way, shape or form, we can also codify same-sex marriage. It is just too axiomatic. The marriage laws should have been left to God alone. WE have also jumped from the frying pan into the fire by believing that churches must incorporate under state laws. Nothing could be further form the truth, but I’m not convinced many in the church are really seeking the truth about either of these matters.
    Two of my children and even I was married at the common law where these marriages were solemnized before a company of witnesses and ministers of the gospel who stated, “By the power vested in me as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and under the Common Law of the State of __________, I hereby pronounce you as husband and wife.”
    In my daughter’s case, her marriage has been recognized not only in the United States, but overseas where she lived for over a decade. Not one of us have experienced any trouble with these Common Law and religious marriages. Marriage Covenants are drafted by the parties, signed by all the parties including the minister and registered with the County Clerk & Recorder’s Office under “Miscellaneous.” Only the States of Florida & Louisiana will not recognize them. They are as legally and spiritually binding as the “licensed” ones. But it should dawn on us that a State which can license ANY marriage can also license a same-sex union by a stroke of the legislative pen. Also, any church which gets it’s life from a State Corporate Charter can also legislate what it may preach.
    I have MUCH more to offer in these matters as I have been thinking, writing and practicing them for over fifty years.
    I am a member of the Lord’s church and a missionary in India.
    God Bless! But AMERICA, Bless God!

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