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The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on six cases challenging the constitutionality of the California’s state law (Prop 22, 2000) limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. The plaintiffs, which include couples who wish to marry, argued that a ban on marriages between people of the same sex is discrimination and unconstitutional. Lawyers for the state who want to uphold the law urged justices to respect the tradition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and that the judicial system was the wrong actor to institute the demanded change.
The Court Subsequently held the ban as unconstitutional and California had 6 months of Marriage Equality before Proposition 8’s passage.
Taken from MSNBC.
In 2009, citizens of Maine were posed this question in a referendum:
"Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?"
A Yes vote takes away the ability of same-sex couples to marry.
A No vote keeps the ability of same-sex couples to marry.
The motion passed 53%–47%.
This year, 2012, residents have the option to reinstate the 2009 law Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom that had been previously rejected. Please share and reblog!
Senators (33) currently co-sponsoring S. 598, the Respect for Marriage Act [Source: Library of Congress]:
Sen. Akaka (D-HI)
Sen. Bennet (D-CO)
Sen. Bingaman (D-NM)
Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Boxer (D-CA)
Sen. Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Cantwell (D-WA)
Sen. Cardin (D-MD)
Sen. Coons (D-DE)
Sen. Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Franken (D-MN)
Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Inouye (D-HI)
Sen. Kerry (D-MA)
Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen. Kohl (D-WI)
Sen. Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Sen. Leahy (D-VT)
Sen. Levin (D-MI)
Sen. Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Reed (D-RI)
Sen. Sanders (D-VT)
Sen. Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI)
Sen. Wyden (D-OR)
The Apologetics of Side-A Theology and Homosexuality in Christianity
This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten these questions. That (after acknowledging that the Bible does not in fact condemn homosexual relationships) what do we do with our God given sexuality then? More recently I’ve receive this question:
How does our sexuality play in a Christian context? No sex before marriage? What if we cannot get married? What is marriage anyways? How do we apply biblical standards for marriage/sexuality when it is framed in a heteronormative context?
I (Ian) am going to be brutally honest to all of you on the second part of this question-series… I don’t know if sex before marriage is a sin. I have heard two solid arguments for abstinence and one against having to wait as long as it might take! But currently I choose to endorse traditional interpretation as it offers the potential of less heartbreak and is the safer course of conduct in light of STD’s. But that does not mean I necessarily regard the alternate position as sinful. My position on the matter has yet to take a solid stance.
My opinion does not necessarily reflect my co-writers’ opinions, nor is this GC’s official statement on premarital sex.
What is Marriage? Marriage is outlined as a covenant before God. A vow of both actions and words, in a monogamous pledge to honour and love your partner. The state has nothing to do with the matter. All the state can do is give you tax-benefits as a way of promoting the family-unit. In my opinion, the state should offer civil unions to both heterosexual and homosexual couples leaving the definition of “marriage” to religious and faith-based organizations.
If you cannot legally get married, I suggest you get a “Bible Marriage”. A “Bible Marriage” is a purely religious ceremony where you can get married in a Church and be recognized before it and God (who is the only person you need in recognition of you and your would-be fiance).
Taking marriage out of a heteronormative context (from 1 Peter 3. I sincerely believe Peter had no intention of being exclusionary for the record), you apply the same rule for both and husbands and wives to both partners. In order to respect, honour, and love each other in Christ-centred matrimony.
As for both partners being Christian, I truly see no harm in dating non-Christians. I myself am dating an atheist currently! So long as the other partner doesn’t seek to guide you away from what is right or undo your faith, there is no harm, in my opinion, in dating someone of another faith (or who has a lack thereof). However, if your standard is to date another Christian then you needn’t compromise! The patience of waiting for a Christian man/woman is something to be proud of!
I hope this helps those whom it may concern! Happy Easter and God Bless!
Recently, the mainstream UK evangelical church has come out in force to fight against the proposed legalisation of same-sex marriage – creating petitions, reading letters in Sunday services that mobilise members to action, presenting a high profile media voice via newspaper columns and controversial advertisements, and so on. Most recently, the Evangelical Alliance made their mark, with a video and accompanying document on the topic. I have already addressed the specific arguments against same-sex marriage in a series of earlier blog posts. Today I wanted to talk about my emotional response to reading these resources: sadness.
Legalising same-sex marriage may create a healthier environment for gay men, say US researchers.
The number of visits by gay men to health clinics dropped significantly after same-sex unions were allowed in the state Massachusetts.
This was regardless of whether the men were in a stable…
The LA Times reports that a federal appeals court will decide tomorrow on the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, the measure that bans marriage equality in the state.
Regardless of how a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides the case, its ruling is very likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could decide next year whether gays and lesbians nationwide have the right to marry.
Former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, 67, a Republican appointee, ruled in August 2010 that Proposition 8 violated the federal constitution. ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, appealed his ruling to the 9th Circuit.
The decision will be released by 10am Pacific time. Get ready.
The reason you’ll rarely hear marriage brought up as a pre-req, is because it’s so uncommon on a global scale (only about 7 US states and a handful of countries recognize equal marriage or have civil unions). But I would say (speaking from my own opinion), that being in what would constitute a common-law marriage (as in being a relationship for that amount of time; 2-7 years) is long enough to commence sexual relationship. HOWEVER, I encourage every gay Christian to find out what God wants for them after much prayer if they do not live in a state where legal union is recognized. I admit my opinion here may be flawed about having sex outside of a legal marriage, so definitely meditate on Scripture before you make any decision that may influence your relationship with your spouse or God.
Alternatively you could just go to a state or country where marriage licenses are offered to same-sex couples and then the question solves itself.
Legislators and LGBT groups are starting to work together on a strategy to bring marriage equality to Illinois. Organizations like Equality Illinois, the ACLU, and HRC (among others) will work with officials to make marriage equality a priority and introduce a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
A summary from the Windy City Times:
State representatives Greg Harris, Deb Mell, Ann Williams, Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz and Senator Heather Steans are in talks with Illinois organizations about introducing a bill that would allow same-sex partners to marry in Illinois.
According to Harris, the bill will not likely be introduced until at least 2013. Harris believes the fight will be difficult, especially as anti-gay political candidates work to bolster support for upcoming presidential elections.
“I do not delude myself into thinking this will be an easy process,” Harris said. “But we need to take the first step.”
Yes. Yes. Yes. Please, yes.
'Bout time! The first state to decriminalize homosexuality should legalize marriage now! -Ian