A group of evangelical and Catholic leaders have prepared a new manifesto about the evils of same-sex marriage called The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage. David Gibson of the Religion News Service has seen an advance copy and it appears to contain nothing new. It does say, apparently, that same-sex marriage is way worse than divorce.
But Reno said the members first had to agree to set aside their differences on the legitimacy of divorce and contraception, for example, and even whether marriage is a sacrament.
That enabled them to focus on the advance of gay marriage, which they say not only betrays religious tradition but, more than any other development, undermines society because “marriage is the primordial human institution, a reality that existed long before the establishment of what we now know as the state.”
“(W)hat the state defines as marriage no longer embodies God’s purposes in creation,” says the 5,000-word statement, which was first reported by Baptist Press. “An easy acceptance of divorce damages marriage; widespread cohabitation devalues marriage. But so-called same-sex marriage is a graver threat, because what is now given the name of marriage in law is a parody of marriage.”
So let me get this straight…You guys all claim to be “pro-family,” but you claim that same-sex marriage, which actually brings families together and gives them greater protections and mutual obligations, is worse than divorce, which actually tears families apart? Not one of the people who signed this statement noticed the obvious inconsistency of this?
The signers say they “do not dispute the evident fact of hormonal and chromosomal irregularities, nor of different sexual attractions and desires.” But they say that in legitimating same-sex marriage, “a kind of alchemy is performed, not merely on the institution, but on human nature itself.”
“We are today urged to embrace an abstract conception of human nature that ignores the reality of our bodies. Human beings are no longer to be understood as either male or female,” it says. The result, it says, will undermine society by eliminating any moral compass except that which the state declares to be the norm, to the exclusion of all others.
Human beings have never been just male or female, though most people fall into those two categories. There are also lots of people who don’t, including those who are transgender and intersex. The overwhelming majority of people will continue to identify as male or female and continue to couple with members of the opposite gender, whether gay people are allowed to get married or not. And to be honest, no one really gives a shit what you think about it. You’re more than welcome to continue to think it’s abnormal, sinful, evil or whatever. You just can’t have those views written into the law. I suspect you will survive that harrowing future and manage to move on with your lives anyway.
The signers raise the possibility — which has been debated among religious conservatives in recent months — that clergy could refuse to sign state marriage licenses as an act of civil disobedience.
I think that is an absolutely brilliant idea. It would help break the hammerlock that churches have on the performance of weddings. People will then have to get married by a judge or clerk or some other authorized person. I’m all for that.