Religion History of Same-Sex Marriage
posted by June 8 at 11:12 AMon
Last Friday, New Hampshire became the fourth state to legalize same-sex civil unions. And of course Christians who feel the need to control everyone else’s sexuality but their own had a lot to say about it.
Of greatest concern to the freaks this time is New Hampshire Governor John Lynch’s statement, “How could any one of us look into the eyes of our neighbors, our friends, or our loved ones if we continued to deny them these basic legal protections?”
Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council responded: “Homosexuals have experienced disapproval, but they have not endured centuries of violence, abuse, segregation, and slavery. Unlike ethnicity, homosexual behavior is a choice. A person can choose to either participate in homosexual behavior or not to participate. An African-American cannot choose to participate in having black skin; they are born with it. Lynch’s suggestion that homosexuals who want to marry are oppressed or victims of discrimination is simply outrageous. No person is being denied the right to marry. They are simply asked to meet the core requirement (since civilization began) that both genders be present.”
Aside from the utter ridiculousness of discounting the historical and current abuse of homosexuals, I have to counter the claim heard over and over again from the nutty right that same-sex marriage has never occurred in the history of humanity. Not that Christians give any credence to history, science, or logic that doesn’t fit into their horrible biases, but the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches sanctioned gay unions for a period of more than 1,000 years, between A.D. 500 and 1500 in a ceremony called the Adelphopoiesis, or “the making of brothers”. So all you Christians, go ahead and hate others because of your fear of your own sexuality, but don’t use history to defend it. Facts and history aren’t on your side. (And is his point that having “black skin” is only not a sin because it’s not a choice?)