Once again marriage is in the headlines; or at least what some would like us to believe is marriage. Government has no business in marriages. The only reason that government ever got involved in the first place was to issue ‘licenses’ as a manner of creating revenue for that government.
Marriage was founded as a religious ceremony to bond one man and one woman. The Bible teaches that God gave Adam woman made from his bone as a helper. The New Testament goes on to say that “he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Matt 19:4-5). It is evident that not only the Old Testament and New Testament both identify marriage to be between one man and one woman.
No where in the scripture nor in the Constitution does it say “Let man abridge the law of God to his liking.” The scripture says that same sex relationships are wrong as demonstrated by Romans 1:26-27 which says “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” In the Bill of Rights, Amendment I clearly states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Therefore, Christianity teaches that marriage is a religious bond between a man and woman; and that same sex relations are wrong; and the First Amendment states that the government cannot interfere with religion.
Now, we have a President who wants the federal government to regulate the definition of marriage. We have cities that have passed ordinances stating that churches cannot deny same sex couples from having a wedding ceremony in their temples. In other cities, if a minister preaches the immorality of same sex relations or gender bending, the city attorney at the bequest of the mayor starts harassing the church.
I personally hope that one or more pastors violates these mandates and when persecuted sues the governments (city, state, federal, it does not matter) for violation of the Church’s Constitutional protection.
That being said, if a same sex couple wants to have a civil union that is protected by the government, more power to them. If you are not harming another, go for it; but don’t demand that religious entities turn their backs on their beliefs in order for you to feel good about yourselves.