The idea of same-sex marriage is a very hotly debated topic in many circles, not the least of which would be those who harbor political and religious aspirations. There is no denying what the act is, or what it represents to some, but in summation it is an act between two consenting adults that is deemed offensive to some and blessed to others. While the act itself is harmful to no one in a physical sense, some would argue that the very spirituality of those who approve is in danger of being forfeit. In other words, the act and support of same-sex marriage is considered a damnable sin by many. Such an act is a simple bonding of two individuals that care for one another, not a sign of damnation.
Many religious zealots would disagree with such a statement and begin to page through bibles searching for an earmarked quote or verse that would seek to condemn those who would stand for such a union. As it is written in the Holy Bible, in Leviticus 18:22, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination…” (Zondervan, 2010). This is a very popular passage that the more zealous and antagonistic of religious leaders use often. Such a passage is often used to denounce such issues as same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and any other function or facet of life that homosexuals enjoy that is considered to be exclusively heterosexual.
Ironically enough there are other passages within the scripture that inspire unity rather
than the accusatory tones that come across in the aforementioned passage. For example, in 1
Corinthians, 7:7-9, it states “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.” (Zondervan, 2010). There would undoubtedly be an argument started from this passage if it were introduced into such an argument, and it would highly predictable. Those against same-sex marriage would claim that the words were not meant for homosexuals, only for those who followed God’s word to the letter. On the flip side those who are tolerant of homosexuality would claim that God is about love and acceptance of one the way they are, not as others would have them.
Such an issue has no real conclusion or compromise that can settle the minds of those involved, though several good points are made on either side. Despite the antagonistic and often overzealous nature of religion concerning homosexuality, there are still those religious factions that do in fact accept such a life decision as acceptable. While the overall reaction is greatly varied from one faction to another, the overall consensus is that same-sex marriage is widely accepted by many religions even as it is reviled by others (Grant, 2015). There is an obvious feeling of being attacked by the decision of the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage when speaking to several religious factions, but others have taken the stance that two people who wish to marry have the right to enjoy the happiness and legal rights of a married couple.
For a very long time same-sex partners were forced to either hide their relationship to be
accepted in society. Once homosexuals began to “come out” in order to be recognized for whom
they were the movement towards same-sex rights began to move ahead. Eventually same-sex
partners had the wish to enter into marital relations, which was vehemently opposed by many
initially. Even those who would eventually come around to the idea stood against the act for a
time. Such marriages were restricted to certain states at first and even in recent years, but were
still not recognized by law once those couples relocated to other states.
The abomination as spoken of in Leviticus has been long used as a solid and unwavering argument for the denial of same-sex marriage and its acceptance into mainstream society, though as of late it has been less effective. As the scripture has been read and re-read over and over by religious zealots and tolerant followers alike, it has been translated and represented in so many ways that the true ideals and wordings it uses have become muddled and quite incomprehensible. More to the point however is the fact that although the Holy Bible is reputed to be the word of God, the good book is a rather unreliable source as to how one should conduct their life within society.
Much of it has been interpreted, omitted, re-written, taken apart and put back together with certain biases written in, and then re-written all over again. While it is futile to debate the word of God with any devout follower, it is a worthwhile discussion to bring into focus the real intent of God in relation to what He preaches is right and just concerning same-sex marriage. While at least several of the passages within the Holy Bible could be used to condemn same-sex marriage through interpretation, just as many if not more could be used in the opposite manner. The Holy Bible and how its passages are followed and even interpreted are often subject to those who decide to quote from the good book.
Same-sex marriage is no more an abomination than any other act committed in the Holy Bible. This book was penned by the many whose works came together to create a story that is essentially an accounting of many individuals. Considering its haphazard construction, the Holy Bible is not the best resource to use in an argument for such a discussion as same-sex marriage, as its passages can just as easily be utilized to support such an act as they can to condemn it. The act of same-sex marriage is one of love and acceptance, not an unholy union.
Grant, Tobin. (2015). Ranking religions on acceptance of homosexuality and reactions to
SCOTUS ruling. Religious News Service. Retrieved from
Zondervan. (2010). Holy Bible: King James Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.