The two primary biblical texts being used by the No camp in the same-sex marriage debate are Genesis 1-2 and Matthew 19. There is no actual definition of marriage in the bible, and so these two texts are used to derive a definition, whether justifiably or not. The danger is that we end up with a definition that fits in with our cultural and social expectations.
As Australia faces a postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage, we are seeing a steady stream of articles arguing the “yes” or “no” case. Many on the “no” side are prone to citing the Bible or appealing to “biblical values”. But what does the Bible actually say about human sexuality and homosexuality in particular?
For the Edmund Rice Centre, an organisation inspired by Catholic Social Teaching and the Charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, the issue of marriage equality is about human rights and anti-discrimination.
Prayers for the Postal Survey: At the time of writing, I am companioning people who are struggling with hurt, shame, violence and judgment. It is a terrible time for many people, as the worst in many has been revealed. At such a time, I believe we are called to pray. Not a little, and not just for ourselves.
Prayers written for the postal survey. A prayer for respectful conversations, A litany for protection and blessing, A prayer for justice everywhere, A prayer of repentance
I am a Christian, a person deeply formed by the Church and its gospel. Even more, I am a Baptist minister. For the past thirty-five years I have given my life to understanding, living and proclaiming the message of Jesus. It is because of this, not in spite of it, that I’ll be voting ‘yes’ in the upcoming plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, supports the right of adult couples in loving and committed relationships to marry, regardless of gender. We also support the right of such couples to have their marriages accorded equal recognition and respect under the law of Australia.
But today silence feels like cowardice. And if me being open about who I am can help even one young person feel better about who they are, then it’s worth it.
I want to offer out an invitation. Feel free to take it or leave it. I invite you to consciously move beyond your fear.
Once I would have appealed to the Bible and argued theologically about God's creation to claim marriage could only ever be between a man and a woman. So what changed my mind?
In our slow learning process, Christians are increasingly asking, “Why shouldn’t our LGBTIQ+ sons and daughters, siblings and neighbours be included in one of our society’s most treasured institutions? What good reason is there to not do this?”
Not liking something doesn't make one a victim. Neither does another gaining equality with you. Loss of privilege and status and a changing world can make us feel vulnerable, but they do not make us victims.
Most Australian Catholics share a deep commitment to the Jesus of the Gospel, who was radically inclusive and who constantly stood on the side of the marginalised and excluded. This faith often sustains them, even when the leaders of their church act and speak in ways that condemn and judge instead of welcoming and healing.
It's time for federal parliamentarians to listen to Christians who want their gay, lesbian and transgender friends, family, and fellow parishioners to be treated equally by the law. It's time for the reasoned, compassionate Christian majority to be heard and the fear mongering to be challenged.
Opponents of marriage equality often appeal to the Bible to support their views. So what is this “biblical standard for marriage” we keep hearing about?