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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Battle Brewing Over Gay Marriage at the Marketplace

I happened upon this eloquent post regarding the gay marriage debate over at In the Agora.

Here is a choice quote:
I'm gonna let a little secret out. When you charge that those of us who push for gay marriage are just trying to "legitimize" gay relationships....you're right. Guilty as charged. I absolutely want to legitimize those relationships. I want to put them on equal legal footing and, yes, equal moral footing with straight relationships. I want people and society as a whole to view those relationships no differently than they view any other relationship because that is an important step toward allowing gay people the same dignity that the rest of us take for granted and never have to think about. Because maybe when that happens, when it becomes so common that it's just a matter of routine, no one will ever again have to arrange a funeral for someone they barely know because their family disowned them. And maybe when that happens, we'll have less of those funerals happen as a result of the self-loathing that your perpetual messages of indignity instill in those you think are different from you.
I agree wholeheartedly but most of you already know that.

In fact, I would re-phrase the us/them language, because it is not about us/them, it is about us all. If we refuse dignity upon one part of the human race, we refuse dignity on all of us.

If we cannot see that, we have failed to see the heart of Jesus when he dealt with the woman at the well, nor when He dealt with the woman caught in the act of adultery.

This is not a matter of lowering our view of sin, of distortion of the gospel or of twisting our theology.

It is a matter of setting things in the proper perspective, and of understanding the difference between culture, people and gospel. It is understanding the difference between our role as citizens and our role as Christians in the state. It is differentiating law with morality, rights with grace and mercy. It is also seeking first things first, of being humble, of loving our neighbor, and ultimately of loving God.

I know I have merely been rhetorical without putting up any real argument. However, here is a stab in the same direction that I have been urging. (HT: Jollyblogger).

And oh, by the way, looks like both places are having those Great Debates in their respective comments - something that never ever happen here. Which makes me wonder - do people just not like to talk to me or what? Oh all right, I won't go on any more about that.

Go have a look at those two places and take part if you wish. I am not up to it myself. As some of you know I am a little preoccupied at the moment.

Enough of that too.

Good night!

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