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A scripture-based compromise on gay marriage

Whenever I hear talk of the "sanctity" of the "sacred institution" of marriage, I think: render unto Caesar (Matt 22:21).

If marriage is blessed by God, then why should the government be in the marriage business? Let the religious take marriage to their churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and sweat lodges -- or beaches and rented halls for the secular. And let the state provide civil unions to everybody, gay or straight.

If conservatives can't accept the Solomonic idea of splitting the baby (1 Kings 3:16-27), then perhaps they'll act like the virtuous mother and offer it up to their opponents.

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As a kid in Catholic Sunday school, I remember being taught that Matrimony wasn't recognized as a sacrament by the Church until the late Middle Ages. Until that point, it was regarded as a legal transaction by the church; it was the province of the state, not the Church. This was before the Reformation, so its heritage shared with the Baptists and Pentecostals. Its seems like the religious right takes a peculiarly ahistorical approach to their faith, so that line of thought may not have much bank with them.

McChris [chris cxe infobong punkto com] • 2004.03.14
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