Those who choose to live together in life-long homosexual relationships; or brothers and sisters who live together and take care of one another; or two friends of the same sex who are not sexually involved but share life together in the same home—all of these may be free to live as they do, and they suffer no civil rights discrimination by not being identified as marriages. And framed this way, the simple task for progressives was to push until the battle is won, and push on hard. A final line in the sand drawn by conservatives: There was another, and possibly decisive, reason that I did not previously address, that is worthy of deeper consideration: But no one claims that the condemnation is because the behavior was between a man and a woman. I believe this is a more coherent and less divisive formula for advancing same-sex marriage. A gay-marriage advocate in Boston explained to a radio reporter that marriage is a civil matter, not a church affair.
However, my principle objection would be that, as with Kirby's argument, these concerns represented another attempt by the marriage-equality campaign to situate the issue above politics.
What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?
And the only way to resolve them will be to revise the law so it squares with, and does justice to, reality. Churches, synagogues, and mosques may bless marriages but they do not create the institution. Different countries have taken different approaches for different reasons. What the Bible says about marriage. Perhaps the single biggest problem with the marriage equality formulation is that it delegitimises opposition. Which means henceforth that there will be no legal basis for restrictions against a homosexual couple obtaining children in any way they choose, for such restrictions would constitute discrimination.
The law encompasses the relationship only in a legal way. But this is entirely inappropriate for making the case for same-sex "marriage. Gays and lesbians are being included in a new definition of an institution rather than demanding what has always been theirs by right. The slippery slope that they ought to be worried about is the one symbolized by those dreadful social media memes I referred to earlier: I do not believe that God intends us to live in the small world of ancient biblical culture, but rather in God's larger evolving world informed by science, reason and experience.