The fact that anyone would use the force of law to stop consenting adults from enjoying the legal benefits of marriage is disgusting and, frankly, boring.
It’s the same argument the religious right has been using for decades. What is entertaining, however, is hearing these tired arguments paraded in front of the highest court and summarily trounced for all to hear.
On Tuesday, attorney Charles J. Cooper, representing the argument against same-sex marriage, made the argument that the state has to protect marriage for procreation.
But when Justice Elena Kagan asked about older couples who could no longer produce children, Cooper practically fell over himself trying to change the subject.
Then there was the time when Justice Samuel Alito said same-sex marriage is an “institution, which is newer than cell phones or the Internet.”
Well, Mr. Alito, there have always been homosexuals. It’s only recently that they’ve been allowed to marry each other.
The fact remains that the state doesn’t have an interest in denying marriage to any consenting adults.
All the bogus arguments used are merely covers for the real reason some people don’t want gays to marry: The Bible said so.
But then we’d have to enforce strict penalties for adultery (Exodus 20:14), and outlaw divorce (Matthew 5:32) and thought-crimes like lust (Matthew 5:28). Verse 29 prescribes an interesting remedy: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it from you.”
Then there’s Deuteronomy 22:28-29, which says that if a man is caught in the act of raping an unbetrothed virgin, then he must pay her father a sum of money and marry her.
These points are moot, because we don’t live in a theocracy. Believe what you want about God and his law, but keep it away from our Constitution.
2 comments YSU Student Thu Apr 4 2013 10:20 Fact: the idea/concept of marriage as well as the word marriage, original meaning in context the sacred bond of one Man & one Woman becoming One flesh to better one another in unity. Fact: The biblical laws stating that one can not combine materials and/or a woman should marry her dead husbands brother and so on are taken out of context when compared to the laws of homo sexuality in the bible. believe the bible or don’t believe it, but you can not use invalid scripture to discredit the bible. Old Testament v. New Testament. – Before Jesus Christ, mankind could not sacrifice enough for there sins, we all were hopelessly enslaved by our sinful nature. The laws in the Old Testament were put in place to fulfill prophecy in The New Testament with the coming of Christ and that he is the only way to heaven (his sacrifice on the cross to cover our sins) Fact: The old testament as well as the new testament teach against same sex relations. compares it even to sexual relations with beasts (animals) which anyone can agree is sick. but where do we draw lines? where are we headed? – Therefore: Go ahead and be homosexual, But, if you call it marriage you are the one making it biblical. – Its not my life but its your own.- But I will shine light on the subject.JamBar has no right to even publish such an article discrediting the Christian belief and the Bible. -The writers of the JamBar are only people too lazy to pursue challenging careers. who is a writer for the JamBar to tell higher educated people whats right and wrong? its uneducated words on paper. The JamBar is garbage. Anonymous Thu Apr 4 2013 09:51 I understand the point, but when you bring up Old Testament references in this context, your argument [about the Bible] becomes weaker. It’s not that these were just made up or anything. When you try to quote the Bible to defend your point that say…you think Christianity is the root of a problem, you have to do it the right way. Point being, when Jesus came and paid the price for sin, the ritualistic ways/laws of the Old Testament were no longer valid! If you want to quote the Bible, then do it right and read it through in order. You don’t have to agree with everything, but at least realize that Christians wouldn’t be held to the old laws of the Old Testament, but rather Jesus’ ministry that comes in the New Testament.