THE MARITAL STATUS OF GAYS

There is a lot of talk among our Gays’ communities that seems to indicate taking the Gay relationship a step further into marriage. Surprisingly, there seem to be more Gays in public view, than one would have expected. What has changed since Gay rights were recognized as being acceptable, in the various countries in the world? Can we now define the term ‘marriage’ in a Gay relationship?

 The Institution of Marriage has survived thousands of years. Are we going to be the first generation to compromise the sanctity and integrity of this word, marriage? How long has this institution been in existence? Virtually, from the beginning of recorded history, even before the Old Testament was written.

If I go back to the beginning, the sacred books present marriage as divinely inspired. “In this instance, we must obey God rather than men… (Acts 5:29)”, when it comes to the institution of marriage, the creation of women, and marriage as a sacred contract. It is not only the Old Testament, but also the teaching of Jesus and Paul from the New Testament. Now we are being asked to consider the Gay marriage, which is a relationship of similar sexes, which includes bisexual conference, and may also include group sex, and call it a ‘marriage’. What about children, can two equal genders make a child? (Not unless adoption is included).

 So there is a reason to say,” not the term ‘marriage’; let us consider something else. But the public through their attorneys, submitted the problem to the US Supreme Court, as the “Defense of Marriage Act” to decide whether Marriage was sacrosanct; and the judges decided against it, Marriage could be maintained by same-sex couples. The President had this to say about the decision:

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

The Archbishop of the Catholic Church in California commented as well:  “Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage.” (Huff.Post  quotes)

It seems that the fight will still continue, and same sex couples are being advised to live in a state where same sex marriages are allowed, and not to be partners any longer but to get married. The strange thing that I notice, was that most male justices were dissenting (4) but the female justices and Justice Kennedy (5), all assented.

Finally, the most senior of the Judges on the bench, and an outspoken person, Antonio La Scala who was one of the four dissenting judges, had this comment: The decision, he wrote, was not clear cut.

“Some will rejoice in today’s decision, and some will despair at it; that is the nature of a controversy that matters so much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides, robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better.”

 

 

( 27/06/2013)

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