Homosexuality: Marriage and Religion

This article attempts to discuss the relationship between marriage and religion, as it has previously been asserted by many that there is none.  It also attempts to address how the intersection or religion and politics should be handled.

The Significance of Traditional Marriage

The most important reason traditional marriage should be upheld and defended is to protect the children.  Children everywhere have the right to be born and raised in a good family that will help them to grow, learn, and develop in a happy, safe, and loving environment.  It is the responsibility of adults everywhere in the world to make sure this is a reality.  We must defend the rights of children because they have no way to defend themselves.  For example: one may argue that homosexual or single couples possess a “right” to have children.  Rather, children have the right to not be a commodity.

One of the requirements for a healthy family is a marriage between two people of opposite and complementary genders—male and female.  Children have a right to have both a mom and a dad.  In cases where death, divorce, or other circumstances make this difficult, others ought to help them as much as they can.  Extended family and friends can lend aid to families who go through difficulties like this.  However, we should in no way endorse the propagation of “families” which from the start are improperly attempted to be formed through a sexually intimate relationship with two partners of the same gender.  Such a relationship does not create a family.

The Relationship Between Marriage and Religion

Many years ago, this truth would be obvious.  Now, people are confused.  Fortunately for us, we have the following document to help people everywhere remember and understand what exactly a family is:

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

This proclamation was written by prophets.  Yes, prophets—prophets like Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, and others.  There are prophets today on the earth.  You can learn more about prophets here and here.  They are a topic for a different discussion.  The point here is that they remind us of the will of God, our Heavenly Father.  When God created the earth and filled it with people, He established a very particular way that they were to live and populate the earth.  Here is a portion of His word from the Proclamation:

…marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

That first phrase “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God” is extremely important.  It says the God, and no one else, ordained or instituted marriage, and He did so with the condition that it be only between a man and a woman.  Any relationship that does not meet this requirement cannot, by the very word of God, be marriage.

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

Here is further evidence to the sanctity and divine importance of preserving traditional marriage.  It is nothing other than a commandment from the very God that created this earth.

Marriage is a religious institution.  This truth is self-evident.  Marriages are most commonly held in church buildings, officiated by priests or other religious officials, described in the scriptures, and believed by many to be divine, inspired and sacred.  Traditional marriage is the oldest institution in the entire history of humanity.  Members of certain faiths, such as my own, even believe that when performed with the proper divine authority, marriage can last beyond the grave and into the eternities.

Religious freedom to define marriage is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  I’ll accept that this allows homosexuals to argue that according to their religious beliefs they can “marry” each other.  However, this also means that any religious institution and any individual has the right to recognize or not recognize such a relationship purely on religious grounds.  As citizen of the United States, I claim that right.  I refuse to recognize what may be termed as “homosexual marriages.”  I do not support the adoption of children by homosexual couples because I firmly believe it is a desecration of the sacred family organization that God instituted and a perversion of innocent children’s lives.

Marriage doesn’t appear to increase freedom

At the end of it all, this debate seems to hold an empty victory for the “winners” following the court decision because marriage doesn’t actually appear to increase freedom.  Generally when people marry, they promise to have sex less freely than they might otherwise.  They promise to limit the extent of their intimate associations with others dramatically.  They promise to watch their words and their actions so as to be faithful to their spouses.

Are people really celebrating the long-awaited declaration of the right to be restricted?

Let’s make a clarification here: benefits are not the same as freedom.  In fact, benefits in and of themselves imply some kind of restriction.  For example: married couples may receive tax breaks especially if they have lots of children.  However, these benefits are conditional on a restriction: the couple must be married and in custody of their children.

If homosexuals in intimate relationships desire to have these same benefits there are plenty of legal ways around that without mandating that religions change their doctrines to accept a new government-founded religion of bureaucracy.

Religion and Politics

Religion and Politics cannot remain separate forever—if someone says it is their religion to kill innocent people (the supposed ideology of many terrorist organizations), the government should not allow its practice.  If someone says it is their religion to raise children inappropriately, the government should similarly not allow it.  Who decides what the government should or should not do?  The people.

Many laws are funded on religious beliefs.  For example: we have laws that punish people for hurting or killing others, for stealing, and for lying.  At least one of the ten commandments given to Moses applies to each of those laws.  Human rights are granted by the love we have for each other, and Jesus taught that the most important commandments of all were to love God and to love each other.  We have references to God in our Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and on our coinage.  Generally government attempts to refrain from regulating religion, but there are always opportunities for the two to cross.The recent Supreme Court decision brings us there now.  Politics are closer to religion than ever.  Now is the time for the people to decide what they believe and to act on it.  Now is the time for people to make their voices known in a bold yet loving way.  A decision must be made on this issue, and it must be made by the people.  When religion and politics cross paths, the general public ought to make the decisions.  They need to be represented, and there is no one better to represent them than they themselves.

Some helpful links

Mormons and Gays

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

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