Politics According to the Bible–Marriage & Legal Arguments

Posted: December 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

Same-sex marriage advocates argue that limiting marriage to a union between one man and one woman is discriminatory and that they have a Constitutional right to marry who they wish.  Wayne Grudem, however, argues that our nation’s history and Constitution cut against these arguments.

First, our courts have long noted that states have a legitimate interest in protecting marriage between one man and one woman.  For example, Google the Supreme Court case of Murphy v. Ramsey in which the Court ruled against polygamy asserting that to affirm any legal union beyond one man and one woman would be to redefine marriage itself for the entire society.  The courts have also repeatedly held that the stability of marriage is good for children, which is good for the state.

Second, there is no “right” to homosexual marriage in the Constitution.  It is ridiculous to “discover” a right in a document that is more than 200 years old. 

Finally, the courts have also held that limiting marriage to a legal union between one man and one woman does not violate anyone’s fundamental rights.  Grudem argues, “…when homosexuals claim that they want to marry another person of the same-sex, they are not simply claiming the right to marry that is available to everybody else in society.  Rather, they are claiming a new right that had not previously been available  to anyone in this society–namely, the right to marry someone of the same-sex.

In the end, Grudem champions a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman in order to put the controversy to rest and I agree with him.  Many fellow Christians object to such attempts arguing that fighting for marriage is not an effective witness to the gay community but my colleague David French responds, if evangelical Christians retreat from the public square based on the howls of those who disagree with us then we must ask, “who is witnessing to who?”

More tomorrow.  Be sure to tune in.

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