How do you feel about same sex marriages? God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Aaron, or Eve and Emily.How do you feel about same sex marriages? God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Aaron, or Eve and...

How do you feel about same sex marriages? God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Aaron, or Eve and Emily.

How do you feel about same sex marriages? God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Aaron, or Eve and Emily.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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As has been noted before, religious arguments need to be limited to the individual and their perception. I was under the impression that 'all men are created equal' in which case legally we should embrace any union. I am intrigued as to the reason for the original posting - is there really an intent to get informed opinion on a range of views or to justify a position from which one does not want to shift? We have evolved to judge people 'not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character' can we not do the same in judging a union by its merits in terms of love, devotion and respect instead of sexuality and gender?

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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In reply to #5: I clearly disagree with you,if you are a strong believer in God, why wouldn't you reference it to God or religion, but hey its just my opinion, and what I believe. I know God is capable of running this world,if he wasn't where would the world be today?

There's nothing wrong with referencing God or religion, but if you want a civil discussion with people who have a wide ranges of backgrounds and opinions, you will want to open up topics and not shut them down. I respect people with mature Christian beliefs, but your reference to the creation story in the book of Genesis is not an argument that I can take seriously. Cultures all around the world have different creation stories, and these stories can have meaning without being literally true.

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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#18, if you'll assume I'm only using this as a figure of speech, with absolutely no intended religious overtones, may I back you up with a whole-hearted "Amen"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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You've asked a difficult question. It's difficult because no matter how I answer, I make myself vulnerable to attack from one side or the other. So here goes: I am not in favor of same-sex marriage. It goes against my religious beliefs and moral beliefs. Now some people will call me narrow-minded or ignorant. Yet I am only expressing my opinion. Give me the freedom to choose what I believe in for myself.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In reply to #2: Yes you are right it is based on my religion, but do you have a religion,if you do what is it? Because in the bible it talks about people being liking the same sex, in Sadagorma, the men tried to flirt with the Angels (angels sent from heaven), and it is my opinion, I don't believe in that kind of Mess, I have many friends that I know are Gay or bisexual, but i don't jugde them, only God can.

I totally understand the idea that you would want to do what your religious beliefs tell you.  I'm not saying that's wrong.

What I am saying is that different people have different religious beliefs and they believe in theirs just as much as you believe in yours.  And some of those beliefs are ones you might find ridiculous.

So I'm saying that I don't think people should say "it's my belief so it's automatically true and everyone else should think like me."

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Who consenting adults choose for partners is a matter between them, and no one else.  People who are not in favor of same sex unions are not forced to have one.  People who are not in favor of heterosexual unions are not forced to have one, either.  What couples decide is right for them.

The law should be blind to sexual orientation, as it has become towards gender and color, so issues of custody, property rights, and inheritance would apply equally to either a same or mixed sex union, so that the rights of any individual are preserved.

Whatever God has decided on this issue is for his or her churches and mosques and synagogues and temples and any other places of worship to decide.  And if you don't like their conclusions, leave.

Under no account do you or anything construed as emanating from the divine have any right to impose your view or philosophy regarding this issue on anyone else.

If you believe homosexual unions are an abomination unto the Lord, all you can do is attempt to persuade those involved.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Same sex marriage is just another example of our changing times. It is not an issue that gets my blood up, but I am not in favor of this type of union being used to take advantage of financial breaks that male-female marriages receive.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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My question is why is the idea of same sex marriages so threatening to people? The moral goodness of our great country will not be destroyed by permitting two loving, consenting, informed adults to sanctify the commitment they have made to each other. In so far as they are two men or two women what does that matter?

I appreciate the point the previous poster made about those born with both male/female parts. Many times parents are forced to choose how that child will be raised--son or daughter. In addition, if one believes in God as a creator, knowing situations like this exist--do we then believe God to have made a mistake? Hmm . . .

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booksnmore | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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It's a complicated issue. It seems unfair that two committed adults can't have some sort of legal union...so many issues arise when there isn't a legal tie. They may have children together but cannot equally be seen as legal parents. Or they cannot have a say in end-of-life issues because of the lack of legal status.

As far as "how God made people"...many would argue that God made people oriented to love a certain gender or another. God also made many, many people without a definite gender. As many as 1 in 1000 births have some sort of intersex condition, so how do you account for those folks? Can they not be married because they don't clearly fit one category of what we as a society define gender?

I don't think the issue is nearly as cut and dry as many would make it out to be.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are many possible answers to your question.  First, I want to point out that your characterization of what God made is your own religious point of view.  The fact that you believe it does not mean that everyone else does.  Many people do not believe that God literally created Adam and Eve as the first people.

Be that as it may, it seems like the larger point is that you do not think it is natural for people of the same sex to be attracted to each other.  But again, this is your own view of what is "natural."

For example, when I was in college, my boss at my first job was a graduate of Bob Jones University.  She told me that her college banned interracial dating.  She said it was because God does not want people of different races to date.  She said it was unnatural for this to happen.  She was very surprised and embarrassed when she found out I was of mixed race.

So my point is that different people have different ideas (some based on religion) of what is and is not natural.  Just because you hold your view strongly doesn't mean everyone else does.

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vickigier | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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First of all not everyone believes in an "Adam and Eve" so the question posted appears to be directed to only Christians. The evidence today on evolution supports that there the creation as written in the bible is not correct, at least not in 7 days as we know time. However, if you would like to refer to the bible and how it states that only men and women should lay together, then you also need to ask who wrote these exact words? Were they interpreted by MAN? Additionally, marriage was instituted to give the children from the union of sex a legal standing. Furthermore, what is marriage? Marriage is the union of two people who want to live their lives together. Why should only heterosexuals enjoy this privilage? I suggest researching the evidence found in the biological and cognitive differences found between heteral sexual and homosexual individuals. For example, in studies by Kimura and others found that gay men scored lower on spatial ability tasks than heteralsexual men, and lesbian women scored higher on spacial tasks that males typically outscore women on. If biological studies support the findings that being gay is NOT a choice, then gay men and women should have the right to marry. My question is to you, What are you afraid of if this law is pasted?
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shemsham | High School Teacher | (Level 3) eNoter

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The latter part of your comment centers around the issue of comparing the fight for equality from racist attitudes, to the issue of fighting for equality in same sex relationships.The beginning of your statement confirms this by making the point that 'all men are created equal.' Religious freedom is certainly guarenteed under the First Amendment of the U.S.Constitution, and states usually have the final say under the Reserved Powers of the same Constitution.It appears you want to make this a global issue,because you quoted the 'all men are created equal 'excerpt, which from the Declaration of Independence ,written by Thomas Jefferson.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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If the particular book which contains the particular rules of your paticular sky-god tells you that same sex marriage is wrong, then you are free to refuse to enter a same sex marriage. And that is as far as you may legally go.

It does not matter AT ALL what your religion says. Your religion does not concern other people. Your religion does not have the legal right to decide what is right for other people. Your religion is a personal thing and nothing more. If two people want to live together, they are not breaking the law. Hetero couples are granted the benefits of marriage by the state. The state may not deny that right to gay couples.

Religion is a private matter. Your private religious choices are IRRELEVANT to other people. In basic terms... mind your own business.

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missiup1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Who's to say that in all the bible's translations or in all the various editions, over those thousands of years that Monks with their mistakes, or agendas, or the Crusades, or the various Popes, or the Church of-whomever-is-in-power, left out entries of Jesus loving his friends, his apostles, his Mary Magdelane, his ????

Marriage was/has/ still is a very narrow definition of loving someone else. There are all types of marriages relative to one's culture. Furthermore there are broken marriages people move into and out of everyday.

With such a high failure rate, maybe we need a little more ambiguity in who gets to marry to help preserve the beauty of a union of two souls in love.  

 

 

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sfg13165 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) Honors

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In reply to #10:

I totally understand the idea that you would want to do what your religious beliefs tell you.  I'm not saying that's wrong.

What I am saying is that different people have different religious beliefs and they believe in theirs just as much as you believe in yours.  And some of those beliefs are ones you might find ridiculous.

So I'm saying that I don't think people should say "it's my belief so it's automatically true and everyone else should think like me."

It, doesn't matter if i was religious or not, it's how I feel, and i'm against it 100% and that has nothing to do with me being a believer or non-believer I would still say the same thing. But I only asked how did people feel about same sex marriages. Yes you are right people shouldnt go around saying its there belief, and its automatically true, because I am not that kind of person, and I don't want any one else to think like me. I don't know why people take things the wrong way, i'm sorry if i offended you in any way.

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