Robinopedia: marriage

For me, marriage means a monogamous, lifetime covenant between 2 people.

I believe that this is only possible by the grace of God.

I do not think the gender of the people involved really matters to God. I believe that the issues around same gender marriage are really a problem of the entanglement of church and state. I am proud to be a member of a religious body that has supported the right of gay and lesbian couples to be married amongst us since 1972.

My marriage vow: In the presence of God and these our friends, I Robin Elizabeth take thee Christopher Richard to be my husband, promising, with divine assistance, to be unto thee a loving and faithful wife as long as we both shall live.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you would have a very dificult time using scripture to back up your belief that marriage is between two people rather than limited to a man and a woman. When we do see marriage talked about as it was intended, rather than how it was often practiced, it is always in the context of a man and woman. Never was marriage described as being between anything other than one man and one woman. We also have many references to the practice of homosexuality, none of which are positive and supportive.

Does his mean we should hold up signs proclaiming, "Fags are going to burn in Hell!" Aboslutely not! Too often Christians are characterized as homophobic intolerant bigots who want to judge everyone's behavior but their own. We are all sinners and while we were sinners, Christ died for us so that we can enter into eternal salvation in His presence. That does not mean, however, that we ignore the parts of the Bible that are no longer socially acceptable and turn a blind eye to the truths of God's Word.

You can not just blow off the sentiment of Bible believing Christians as a problem of the entanglement of church and state. They do not want to restrict rights from people but want to follow God's plan for humanity to the best of their ability.

7/28/2006 3:37 AM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that denying equal protection to gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional. I left this comment elsewhere:

"I think marriage law is one of the few remaining unfortunate and largely unrecognized entanglements of church and state. I think it's true that in Mexico and Canada, and probably most other civilized countries, church weddings and state-sanctioned marriages are already separate functions. I think things would be much simpler if the government upheld equal rights, and churches could make their own decisions about who to marry or not."

I really do believe that.

5/19/2008 10:00 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Further commentary on biblical marriage should probably address questions of polygamy, concubinage and forced remarriage of widows. All of which are repeatedly mentioned in the Bible but no longer socially acceptable.

But I am not the scholar to do it, so this is not the place to have that argument. It's just my holding place for my opinions.

2/08/2012 9:33 PM  

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