Religious Groups Rally behind Traditional Marriage
(RNS) As a federal appeals court in California heard opening arguments in a landmark gay marriage case on Dec. 6, a rare coalition of religious leaders released a public letter promoting marriage as “the faithful union of one man and one woman.”
Leaders of Catholic, evangelical, Orthodox Jewish, Mormon, Eastern Orthodox, Pentecostal and Sikh communities, as well as new conservative Lutheran and Anglican denominations, signed “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment.”
“As religious leaders across different faith communities, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” the brief letter states.”
Marriage is not a religious contract, it is a civil contract.
Religious groups don’t even acknowledge what “traditional” marriage is. If we use the Bible to determine a “traditional” marriage, we will find plural marriage, women forced to marry their rapists, husbands permitted to discard their new wives if they prove not to be virgins, concubinism, and women treated as the property of their fathers and husbands as the norm.
We don’t need “traditional” marriage, we need to maintain the civil contract of marriage and make it available to all loving, consenting couples, regardless of gender. To deny this minority group couples the same civil rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples is an abomination. Prisoners, even those who are serving life without parole sentences can legally marry. But loving couples who happen to be the same gender cannot. Religionists have no business determining the foundation of civil law.
If marriage needs protection, it needs protection from the frivolous heterosexuals who treat marriage like a fad.