Statistically, Same-Sex Marriage Must Be a Christian Value

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Many of the laws that seek to limit the rights of same-sex couples have their basis and support in the idea that such relationships are against Christian values. The truth is, there is no way that is statistically possible.

Here in Texas our ban on same-sex marriages was recently ruled unconstitutional, just the latest in a remarkable series of rulings by federal judges across the country that are sweeping the nation. In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a law that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to LGBT people as a matter of religious freedom.

Religious freedom is an interesting way that opponents of same-sex marriage have used to describe the reasons for their opposition, and proponents of more equality of LGBT people tend to accept the idea that the more religiously-minded in America are automatically going to stand against them in this fight. The story of the struggle for gay rights is framed as close-minded zealots versus godless, perverted sinners.

However, there is no way in which the math can add up to that.

The most important thing to remember is that the public opinion on the subject of same sex marriage has changed dramatically within the last 20 years. In 1996, when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law only 25 percent of Americans actively supported marriage between anyone but a single man and a single woman.

However, just ten years later a Pew Research Center study found that opinion had already begun a radical shift. Not only had support risen to 39 percent, but opposition had dropped to 51 percent with 10 percent still being unsure. Pew has continued to track this issue up until the present day, and the trend is undeniable. In 2010, support reached 43 percent, and in 2012 it hit 47 percent.

The most current data from the best poll sources show that support of same-sex marriage now constitutes a majority of Americans. In July of last year Gallup recorded support at 54 percent, as did a Public Religion Research Institute poll conducted in December. Though it's possible to argue source bias and the Bradley Factor (The idea that some may not wish to express their opposition to pollsters for fear of being considered prejudiced), the overall numbers across all historical measurements show a steady and consistent increase in acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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Keith
Keith

It's a biblical truth, not a statistical probability. Whether Christians follow the bible to the T day in and day out is another matter altogether and is the reason for (Christ)ianity but we all know that even if we choose to beat the same red herrings and straw men incessantly. 


The oddity about Arizona is that private businesses already have the right to refuse service to anyone should they choose. It makes zero sense to single out a specific group when service can already be denied. 


It seems like a trojan horse really, as now any homosexual denied service of any kind for any reason in Arizona will most likely be able to harp on a national level and bring undue attention to an owner well within his or her legal rights.


What I don't get is all the hate for the Christians. Homosexuals want tolerance to do as they please but expect it at the expense of anothers' will and set of beliefs? Or are they just annoyed because boycotting here will be a self-defeating activity and they can't sashay their anger in Arizona as they'd be playing in to the people who don't want their business anyways?


If anything, they should go undercover and spend all their money at businesses wishing to turn them away. 

Anse
Anse

Isn't it true that divorcing your spouse and getting remarried is, according to the Bible, adultery? Do these Christians refuse to do business with adulterers? Oh but a lot of them are on their second marriage themselves, right? 

Terry Benton
Terry Benton

Let's legalize gay marriage...outlaw hetero marriage!!!!

Maria
Maria

Homosexuality and same sex marriage has never been a Christian value and it will never be one. The Bible (God's word) calls homosexual acts an abomination and further states that those who engage in such abominable behavior and those who encourage it, have no part in the kingdom of heaven.

TXKathy
TXKathy

Actually, a private business does not have the right to refuse service to a certain group or type of people if it doesn't serve a legitimate business interest. A business has the right to refuse service to individuals (like having someone removed from your shop for being drunk, disruptive, destructive, or even because the owner personally doesn't like them, etc.), but not to refuse to serve "the gays." That's a violation of federal Constitutional law.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@Keith  I stand by my premise. You can call it a Biblical truth all you like, but the fact is that clearly at least one in four Christians do not agree that it is. 

ReadYourBook
ReadYourBook

Why are you talking about "Christian Values", but quoting the Torah? Jesus never said anything regarding gay people. (remember Jesus? He's the guy for whom Christianity is named.) 

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@Maria You're talking about Leviticus. The same set of instructions in Leviticus prohibit eating cows, shellfish, pigs. We're required to keep our heads covered, and we're not supposed to wear clothes with mixed fibers. 19:27 says that men can't trim their beards. 


Maybe rather than reading Leviticus as literal instructions directed at you, you should instead read them as rules for the Israelites in those times.

TXKathy
TXKathy

@Maria Ever try actually studying the Bible, writings about the Bible, what actual experts have to say, the history, context, etc.? Many Biblical scholars say that you're quite wrong about. But I guess you know better than all of them, people who have studied the historical context, the original language it was written in, the many editorial changes over the centuries, all the Books that were excluded, etc. Did you even bother watching the lecture Jef linked to by Dr. White, the Chair of the Religious Studies Department at UT, before you came down here to spew your very unChristian hate? No? I didn't think so. You look much less foolish when you educate yourself before opening your mouth.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@Maria  And yet, a huge number of Christian clearly don't believe that. The number are, the numbers were, the numbers shall be. Shall I translate into Latin?

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