I’ve been thinking almost from the beginning of this blog that I should write a post on homosexuality, but every time I think of it, I just don’t know what to say. My opinion on gay marriage is a bit easier to articulate.
I’ve heard good arguments for abolishing marriage completely, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. As long as we have marriage as a legal institution, it needs to be open to everyone. Right now, laws are such that I could grab any random single man off the street and be married inside of a day (unless we happened to be related), but some men and women who have been with their partners for over a decade still can’t receive all the legal benefits of marriage. These include tax and insurance benefits. I honestly don’t know much about it, but all other things being equal, it is generally legally better to be married than not, unless one person doesn’t have a job and does have student loans. My boyfriend can’t make health decisions for me, officially, only because we are not married. Think of how much stress it would cause to not be allowed to see your life partner in the hospital just because you happen to be the same gender and therefore cannot marry. This is why making or keeping gay marriage illegal is persecution: you are denying a right to some adults that you give to others. It seems reasonable to have some restrictions on who can marry, mainly refusing the right to minors who legally can’t be consenting adults and close relatives who may only be marrying as a tax dodge, but a restriction based only on gender is bigotry plain and simple, and that goes against the principles on which this country was founded. So, gay marriage needs to be legal in this country, end of story.
Now on to the issue of whether homosexuality is wrong. Of course, my main point is that there is no reason to think homosexuality is sinful, but that seems so very obvious at this point that it seems almost not worth repeating. Homosexuality has been observed in so many species, perhaps most notably in our close relatives the bonobos, that the “unnatural” argument is ridiculous, not to mention amusing given how unnatural clothing and cell phones are.
It is perhaps worth noting that many Christian denominations are now accepting of homosexual relationships. As the younger generations grow up and more and more people are out, there are ever-increasing numbers of Christians who (know they) have a homosexual loved one. In such a situation, it becomes difficult if not impossible to condemn homosexuality. So what happens? The Christian turns to the Bible, finds passages which talk about being loving, and declares, rightly or wrongly, that Jesus would accept gays.
Although I’m fairly convinced that the Bible does condemn homosexuality, in the end, it doesn’t really matter. Why? The logic is similar to what I said at the end of my review of Finding Darwin’s God: I’d rather have Christians who accept homosexuality, even if they are being ultimately inconsistent, than Christians who don’t.
For those who stubbornly persist in their opinion that homosexuality is wrong, or at least that the homosexual act is evil, I have little to say.
It is simply a fact that young people are committing suicide because they cannot accept themselves for having same-sex attraction. They have been taught that homosexuality is an abomination, for that is what the Bible says.
How many more troubled individuals killing themselves in distress will it take before you reject the Biblical assertion of homosexuality as an abomination?