Proposition 8 is so inane. It is a semantic battle.
The entire proposition reads:
Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized
What does “marriage” mean? What does “valid” and “recognized” mean?
This argument is going to take awhile, so bear with me.
I am a Christian. Born again. The only kind there is.
The Bible lists at least 600 sins.
Being a homosexual isn’t one of them. Having homosexual sex is.
So are at least 600 other things, including:
-Lusting after another’s wife (guilty. have you shopped at Ralph’s in Manhattan Beach?)
-Lying (“I never lied to you. I always told you some version of the truth.”)
-Hearkening to the voice of your wife instead of God (so guilty)
-Laying up treasures on earth (I did until one really bad investment)
-Smoking (guilty, but only with morning coffee)
-Worrying (oh kill me now)
-Vain babblings (blogging isn’t specifically mentioned)
And my marriage is recognized in all 50 states.
Although our Constitution is unmistakably based on Christian thinking and principles, Christianity is not the state religion. And the Bible is not the Constitution.
So, homosexuals want to “marry”.
“Marriage” is nothing more than a voluntary commitment between two people that their relationship will be pre-eminent over all other human relationships.
It is a promise. A vow. A covenant. It isn’t anyone’s business but those two folks if they want to be committed to one another forever. And no law can or will make that commitment any more or less valid. If Tommy Lee and Pam Anderson are allowed to marry, where is the moral bar?
In the Bible, “marriage” is described as being between one man and one woman. That is because the primary purpose of “marriage” is for procreation and the establishment of the center of civilization, the nuclear family. The Bible goes on to provide instruction for husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children. There is no instruction provided for other arrangements.
So, the Christian church can’t be true to itself and bless or recognize homosexual marriages. And as far as I can tell, neither can Islam or Judaism.
In the Bible, there is no prescribed marriage ceremony. There are no prescribed vows. (The wedding vows we know by heart originated in the Common Book of Prayer, commissioned by that faithful, loving, honorable husband, Henry VIII.)
In fact, the church didn’t get involved until several hundred years A.D. when a priest was asked to bless a “marriage”. Then the church figured out it was a great marketing strategy and the wedding chapel was invented. Meaning that the covenant between Adam and Eve and Abraham and Sarah and jillions of others were valid and recognized before the religious establishment ever got involved.
But, the government can recognize these relationships if the people support it and want it to happen.
Now, once you get the government involved, you are talking a much more complicated situation. Basically, it is contract law. If you want the government involved in your personal life, get “married”. Each state has its own laws. Each state has its own ways of taxing you for the privilege. And, each state has laws if you want to end that contract. The federal government has absolutely no business being involved, except of course they demand to take their “fair” share of your combined income. And of your assets when you croak.
Domestic partnerships and “common law marriage” have been around since Genesis. Most states and companies and organizations now recognize both and offer benefits to those in such relationships. Especially in California.
So, if two people of the same sex want to get “married”, have at it. Just remember, consummating that “marriage” would be a sin.
I, on the other hand, am now declaring myself as being in a domestic life partnership with a woman. And this makes me happy. Or, in other words, I’m gay.