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The PC (USA): To redefine marriage — and justice, and grace, and …

The PC (USA): To redefine marriage — and justice, and grace, and …

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to redefine marriage as “a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.” The news was “welcomed” by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, which calls for “a Church as generous and just as God’s grace.” There’s a lot more being redefined here than marriage. God’s justice and grace both have to do with the manner in which he handles…

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What Is Marriage, If “Marriage Equality” Is Real?

What Is Marriage, If “Marriage Equality” Is Real?

The last time I went this long without publishing a blog post here it was because I had no time for writing. That was a rough time for me. This time it’s different. Since my last post here I’ve written not one but two articles, and I’ve finished a book. That is, the book is provisionally complete. The publisher (Kregel) and I are allowing time for re-writes necessary after the Supreme Court decides on gay marriage in June. Its expected…

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SSM Because of Equal Protection? Begging the Question!

SSM Because of Equal Protection? Begging the Question!

Two commenters lately have been telling me that same-sex marriage (SSM) is a moral and/or legal necessity because of the importance of providing equal protection under the law. I’m not sure how that explains it. Here’s why. Equal protection means the law guarantees equal access to what society and law provide with respect to common goods, for example, housing, employment, voting, and so on. Now it’s clear that housing means the same thing to every person, regardless of color, creed,…

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What’s True About Marriage That Makes It True That Same-Sex Unions Should Be Treated as Marriages?

What’s True About Marriage That Makes It True That Same-Sex Unions Should Be Treated as Marriages?

Same-sex marriage advocates are convinced, and want to convince the rest of us, that SSM is a genuine form of marriage, that a given same-sex couple’s closer and binding relationship is or at least can be an instantiation of real marriage, and that this is why it is right for the law to treat it as marriage. The idea, obviously, is that SSM is really marriage. Now, this could be true, but obviously it’s controversial. It seems that one thing…

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Wrong Question: “Wouldn’t It Be Better for the Child If Her Gay Parents Were Married?”

Wrong Question: “Wouldn’t It Be Better for the Child If Her Gay Parents Were Married?”

One of the common arguments for same-sex marriage (SSM) goes something like this: “Same-sex couples can adopt children, and in fact many of them already do. Wouldn’t it be better for those children if their parents were legally married to each other? Wouldn’t it be even better if we could all accept the validity of their parents’ marriage, without stigma? (You do believe that marriage is good for children, don’t you?)” One answer is yes (maybe), I could imagine it…

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“New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad”

“New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad”

I don’t have time to comment on this tonight, but you need to read it. New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad. Don’t just read the headline. Don’t just read the first portion, where Mark Regnerus summarizes the results. Read the part where he analyzes the ironic role social scientists have adopted for themselves in this controversy. The British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science paper on which this article was based is…

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Why No Campaign To Ban Divorce? A Matching Game For You

Why No Campaign To Ban Divorce? A Matching Game For You

Hey, folks, it’s Saturday, so here’s a game for you! Actually, it’s a matching game, for all who think they’ve got Christians nailed to the wall with this argument: “Christians are hypocritical about marriage! If they really cared about it like they say they do, they’d be campaigning for a constitutional amendment to ban divorce, just like they are with gay marriage.” Let’s suppose the Church considers two separate, though related, situations to be problems, Those two situations are labeled Problems 1 and…

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Counterfeit Marital Love in Same-Sex and Straight Relationships

Counterfeit Marital Love in Same-Sex and Straight Relationships

Recently Bill L. has asked me to explain how my position on same-sex “marriage” squares with certain sociological facts about divorce. It seems he was thinking divorce was my major concern, whereas the fact is, divorce is only symptomatic of what I’m concerned about. At any rate, he asked me whether my position implied that certain groups who have higher divorce rates should be denied the right to marry. It’s a strange question, to say the least—especially since his data actually supports my…

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Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach (Book Review)

Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach (Book Review)

Book Review For some time now I’ve been recommending Girgis, George, and Anderson’s What Is Marriage as the best available explanation for why marriage is for a man and a woman. It’s still on my list, but from this point on, for Christian readers in particular, I have another recommendation to make ahead of that one: Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet’s excellent new book Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage. I shy away from saying this…

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