The Long Legal Battle for LGBTQ Equality Began 150 Years Ago
Bostock v. Clayton County (June 15, 2020), a landmark Supreme Court of the United States decision (5-3), ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from employment discrimination by expanding the definition of “sex” to include sexual orientation or gender identity. Within the environs of conservative political and religious…Read More
Is Procreation an Imperative for Christian Marriage?
In the Book of Genesis, the natural flow of the covenantal relationship between Adam and Eve led to procreation. However, procreation was not defined as a condition of their one-flesh covenant. In the creation story, “God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number’” (Genesis 1:22, NIV). It was a blessing pronounced upon humankind,…Read More
Does Christian Marriage Require Complementarity?
Some who oppose the possibility of Christian marriage for gay and transgender people assert that same-sex relationships violate the divinely-inspired need for gender differences or anatomical differences. What does complementarily mean? You’ll frequently hear or read the word “complementarity” used to support the “one man and one woman” Christian marriage. In its simplest form, as…Read More
The Long Road to Marriage Equality in America Began in 1968
Rev. Troy Perry, founder of MCC and marriage equality advocate since 1969 The fight for marriage equality in the United States seems to have a short history of little more than a decade, yet the road to marriage equality is far longer. Though the first state to pass marriage equality laws was Massachusetts in May 2004, the…Read More
Marriage is an American Civil Right
Over the past decade, the conservative political and religious right have warned people of faith that extending marriage equality to same-sex couples would “redefine marriage,” undermine the structure of the family, and threaten religious liberties. Let’s look at the history of the definition of marriage in the United States Since the 1780s, marriage in the United…Read More
The Shifting Definition of Marriage
Over the past decade, the conservative political and religious right have warned people of faith that extending marriage equality to same-sex couples would “redefine marriage,” undermine the structure of the family, and threaten religious liberties. Let’s look at validity of those assertions. A historical look at marriage Across cultures, marriage is a social union…Read More
A Christian Case for Support of Biblical Same-Sex Marriage
Many conservative Christian leader warn the faithful that the extension of marriage equality to same-sex couple inherently will threaten religious liberties or force such pastors to perform same-sex weddings. Marriage equality is not an affront or threat to the religious liberties of Christians Pastors can choose to marry, or not to marry, anyone based on…Read More