Sunday, October 29, 2006

Gay Marriage and Jesus.

Jesus' words and actions emphasized forgiving others, helping those less fortunate than ourselves, and most of all, love. Jesus never mentioned homosexuality in any of his sermons nor did he show any disgust toward people of the same sex loving each other, as was made clear in his relationship with his 12 apostles. I am not implying any type of sexual relationship existed between them at all, but that he had no trouble showing his love for them and accepting the love they had for him. There was not one woman among the twelve he chose to follow him and Jesus never placed special importance on the union between man and woman. I am not a biblical scholar by any means but as far as I know, he rarely, if at all spoke of marriage.

Yet so many Christians think preventing gay marriage is of utmost importance. Percentage-wise, there are as many stories of two people of the same sex staying together in a monogamous relationship as there are stories of people of the opposite sex staying together in monogamous relationships. There is one study in the magazine Psychology Today, showing the divorce rate is much lower for gay couples in the country Denmark who has allowed gay marriage since 1989, gay males having the lowest rate of divorce of all.

The vast majority of gay marriages in Denmark are male-male, and only 14 percent of these end in divorce, compared to 23 percent of female marriages.

Jesus Christ said that He is the “way, the truth, and the life”. Jesus is all about love, therefore if two people love each other enough to commit for a lifetime, how can others that claim to follow Jesus do the exact opposite of what Jesus taught, and forbid the very thing He is all about.

No matter how you feel about homosexuality, I would like see someone argue that the following video is not all about love. It is not necessary to feel comfortable with two people of the same sex getting married in order to accept the fact that they are entitled to the same rights as two people of the opposite sex getting married.

Jon Stewart and William Bennet argue gay marriage:


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