Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage

The Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage for the purposes of the federal government as being between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.  The court also let stand, on what seem to be narrow grounds, a lower court ruling that threw out as unconstitutional the California referendum in which voters rejected gay marriage.

The court said that those who appealed the ruling lacked standing to file the suit, saying nothing about the general validity of state gay marriage bans.  But if opposition to gay marriage is unconstitutional both for the federal government and for state government, then it looks like same-sex marriage is going to be the law of the land. [Read more...]

Conference on gay marriage & gay ministry

Are you familiar with Doxology, the Lutheran institute on pastoral care (as well as care for pastors)?  Led by Rev. Harold Senkbeil (who has written widely on Christian spirituality and who has applied it very effectively as a pastor) and Dr. Beverly Yahnke (the most brilliant and the most reliable Christian psychologist I have ever come across), it is a tremendous resource.

Well, Doxology is hosting a conference on what may become the biggest pastoral issue of our time:  Speaking the Truth in Love:  A Compassionate Response to Same Sex Attraction and Same Sex Marriage [Read more...]

The qualities of gay & lesbian marriages

Sociologist Mark Regnerus discusses what we are learning about homosexual marriages, based on studies of countries that have had those arrangements for some time. [Read more...]

Church of England does the best it can on gay marriage

The Church of England has been opposing gay marriage, but votes in Parliament demonstrate that they can’t stop it.  So the state church is dropping its attempts to kill the gay marriage bill and is concentrating instead on improving it; that is, making gay marriage more like regular marriage.  For example, under the current bill, adultery is not a grounds for divorce for homosexual couples!  And lesbian spouses do not have parental responsibilities if one partner is a mother!

So adultery doesn’t violate marriage vows for gay married couples?  And parental obligations are different in same-sex marriages?  I’m curious if such differences in what marriage entails are part of the gay marriage movement overall.  If there are different rules for the two kinds of marriage, the slogan “marriage equality” is bogus.  Gay marriage would, in fact, change the institution as a whole. [Read more...]

Archbishop of Canterbury on Gay Marriage

In the United Kingdom, gay marriage has passed the House of Commons and is now being considered by the House of Lords.  The Church of England, despite its reputation for theological liberalism, is opposing the measure.  I was struck by what the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said about gay marriage in a speech before the House of Lords (of which he and other bishops are members). [Read more...]

Gay marriage and state tyranny

English theologian John Milbank gives a different argument against gay marriage.  He says it will give the state direct control over reproduction, removing the mediating effect of the family in favor of purely legalistic, arbitrary, and commodified state regulations. [Read more...]


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