Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (A Thoughtful Response Series)
This is the latest entry in the “we love the gay people but don’t think they are deserving of civil rights and this is how we express our love” category. Here is what I understand the basic premise to be — God invented marriage, so Christians own it and no one has the right to redefine it. WHOA! It might behoove the authors to read a good historical account of marriage such as the one by Stephanie Coontz, “Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.”
Before I write this summary, for the record. I AM an evangelical Christian, straight, 2 adult kids (26 and 28) and neither gay. No gay family members. I was in the isolation of the evangelical world until I met a hiking buddy on a trail in 2001. I know both sides of this issue WELL.
INTRO — comment of the unparalleled speed at which this issue has hit — well, the gays only came out of closet of shame imposed on them cultural and by the medical community in 1973 and the first request for marriage was in 1970. Rev. Troy Perry of MCC started petitioning RIGHT AWAY. I think 45 years of trying to get a civil right is quite a long struggle.