Start Article updating the arguments against same sex marriage

Article updating the arguments against same sex marriage

Schaefer’s case has split the church, with some clergy flouting the rules and marrying same-sex couples and other, more conservative members threatening to leave if the church does not hold to its current rules prohibiting gay marriage.

Both denominations allow clergy to opt out of performing same-sex marriages, while the ELCA allows ministers and their congregations to determine their own policies.

The United Methodist Church does not allow same-sex blessings or marriages.

Among the four largest mainline Protestant churches, the same-sex marriage debate has not been simple.

The United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Presbyterian Church (U. A.) (not to be confused with the Presbyterian Church in America, which opposes same-sex marriage) and the Episcopal Church have wrestled with the issue for years, often as part of a larger debate on the role of gays and lesbians in the church.

Third, the question of how marriage should be defined in law raises inescapable moral considerations that should be confronted directly.

Many Arguments for Marriage as the Union of Husband and Wife Are Not Religious in Nature Some proponents of same-sex marriage have suggested that religion is the primary obstacle to redefining marriage to include homosexual unions.

Now, in a federal lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, one issue is whether evidence of religious support for Proposition 8 somehow renders the measure suspect.

Three understandings should form the basis of any discussion about the place of religion and morality in the same-sex marriage debate.

And the list is growing: Clergy from the Episcopal Church will be able to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies after the church’s General Convention recently approved a new definition of marriage.

Another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U. A.), voted to formally sanction same-sex marriage earlier this year.

To say these arguments for marriage are not religious in nature is not to disparage the important place of faith and morality in public life or the higher law foundation of moral truth.