It is for this reason that they should be privileged, not merely over same-sex relationships, but also over the important relationships enjoyed by the rest of us who are unmarried. The truth that cannot be acknowledged is that sexual relations between members of the same sex are not, in fact, equal in value and significance to those between men and women. Polygamy typically relies upon a vision of marriage that is neither companionate nor romantic in character. However, marriage serves ends beyond this and, for Scripture, the tasks of procreation and child-rearing are central. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. Same-sex marriage goes further, however, as such a diminishment is essential to what it is.
It is worth remembering that polygamy is not one man entering into one marriage within many wives, but one man entering into many marriages with many wives. What if the woman was neither married nor pledged to be married? Although friends and relatives may value and desire to celebrate the love and intimacy of the same-sex couple, the fact that the couple will be sleeping together is irrelevant to the wider society: It should be stressed that the task of securing these social goods and inclusion does not primarily rest on the shoulders of the law or the government, but upon the family, church, and a host of other civic institutions, and also upon business and the economy. Both sexes expect the other sex to approach sex in general in a responsible way. The wives are not married to each other. Both spiritually and socially, premarital sex still carries risks. It is also considered in its actual occurrence, sometimes involving failure. As an unmarried person, for instance, I may not be directly included in the institution of marriage, but I have experienced its benefits less directly in numerous ways — as a child in a stable and loving home, as one invited into the life of loving families, as someone with a strong and tightly knit extended family, as someone whose gender has been valued in my communities on account of its association with committed fatherhood, and as someone who has enjoyed the strong bonds of communities where marriage and its values are central. But it does consider it non-ideal, and either requires or encourages those who engage in it to move toward marriage. His response is below. In answer to the question, then: But it is the duty of the law to judiciously discriminate and to appropriately recognise difference with, at times, unequal treatment of things that are not the same. I do not believe that they should. Salvation within Christianity is not dependent on the continuation of a biological lineage. But simply saying "it's time" doesn't make an argument. And the standards for men are, if anything, even more relaxed. However, there is not the same agreement that a same-sex marriage is a possible entity. It relates us to deep and transcendent dimensions of reality. Therefore, the Bible speaks on the subject of divorce. Divorce culture represents a huge threat to the integrity of marriage. This is not to deny the great level of intimacy and commitment that can exist between same-sex couples, but to make the surprisingly controversial point that the objective meaning and value of sexual relations between men and women goes so much beyond mere private intimacy. Once again, this is a decision that must be made on the basis of equity and close attention to the common good. The question that we are addressing here is not about the morality of homosexual practice a question that must be addressed in its own place , but about the meaning of marriage. I want people to think about that. The common conservative Christian way of reasoning on the subject of same-sex marriage begins with the divine commands against homosexual practice and works from those to the illegitimacy of same-sex marriage. So if an unmarried man did have sex with an unmarried woman, unless there was some proof otherwise, it was considered rape, and the man was to be punished for it—but not by the death penalty:
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Religion and Gay Marriage
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