Marriage and Religion
NC’s Gay Marriage Ban: “It’s Going to Hurt the Church”
Jay Bakker goes home to North Carolina to lend his voice to the opposition
Nicole Greenfield is a journalist and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent longterm reporting project explored the intersection among religion, politics, and LGBT rights in Argentina. For more, visit her website.
[Religion Dispatches Editor’s Note: North Carolina voters passed Amendment 1 on Tuesday, May 8.]
“My parents always taught me that love was the trump card. And they always told me that Jesus loved you no matter who you are or what you did,” Jay Bakker told a group gathered in Durham, North Carolina a couple weeks ago. Bakker, pastor of the Brooklyn-based Revolution NYC, had traveled south to his home state—the state that, decades ago, witnessed firsthand the rise, and then the fall, of his televangelist parents’ PTL ministry—to speak out against a ballot initiative up for vote tomorrow.
May 8, 2012 10:05PM
Killing Love in North Carolina
Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge
Congratulations, North Carolina. You have become the 33rd state to write discrimination into your constitution, ensuring that gay men and lesbian women cannot enter into this esteemed institution you call marriage. You have guaranteed that two men or two women cannot protect their relationship with the force of secular law. You have ensured that two men or two women cannot protect their children by forming a contract between themselves and their government designating each other as the guardian of the children they are raising together.
Congratulations, North Carolina. Welcome to the 16th century.
May 8, 2012 10:44PM
Did North Carolinians Vote Against their Own Beliefs?
Post by Peter Montgomery
The most dispiriting number to come out of North Carolina today was the huge margin of victory for a constitutional amendment that, as Candace has noted, will not only forbid same-sex couples from getting married, but will strip couples of any legal protections that might have been offered through domestic partnerships or civil unions.
The broad wording of the amendment is more evidence that anti-gay advocates are lying when they say they’re only concerned about “protecting” marriage. They deliberately and maliciously have gone far beyond that to punish same-sex couples and their families and deny them equal rights as citizens.
Same Bible, Different Verdict On Gay Marriage
While liberal Christians argue the Bible should be interpreted as society changes, conservatives argue for a more literal reading, leading to differences in belief about God and homosexuality.
May 11, 2012
When President Obama announced he now supports same-sex marriage, he cited his Christian faith.
"The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know — treat others the way you would want to be treated," he said in his interview with ABC News.
Many other people cited their religion to disagree, raising the question: How can people read the same Bible and come to opposite conclusions about same-sex relationships?
May 11, 2012 11:53AM
NPR Gives a Free Pass to Biblical Literalists
Post by Peter Laarman
As an early riser I am a fairly faithful Morning Edition listener. I am also an ordained minister who has been engaged in one way or another with the great “Bible & homosexuality” controversy for far longer than I care to remember.
This morning I heard the tease for Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s story and thought, “Aha.. .this should be good: people who read the Bible come to different verdicts on homosexuality. It’s time that non-specialists, people who just assume the Bible is all on one side, knew about this.”
Obama’s Gay Marriage Support Shocks Black Church
Anthea Butler is a Contributing Editor to Religion Dispatches. Her forthcoming book, "The Gospel According To Sarah: How Sarah Palin's and her Tea Party Angels are Galvanizing the Religious Right" will be out in 2012.
President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage has rocked America’s black church community. From Prof. Michael Dyson to prosperity preacher Rev. Jamal Bryant, the pulpits and the pews are weighing in, and the responses are shaping up to be an interesting crossroads for the relationship between the president and African-American churches in the 2012 election.
Traditional Marriage: One Man, Many Women, Some Girls, Some Slaves
[Called Out Editor’s Note: Our favorite Biblical Definition of Marriage is Deuteronomy 21:15-17. What’s yours?]
Jay Michaelson, a Religion Dispatches associate editor and founder of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture & Spirituality, writes regularly for the Forward and Tikkun. He is completing his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at Hebrew University and his most recent book is God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon, 2011).
Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind week for same-sex marriage, from North Carolina to Obama to Colorado—and, of course, to the many outraged conservatives concerned with preserving traditional marriage, i.e., the time-honored sacred bond between one man and one woman. Why, just last week, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said that marriage has meant just that for over five thousand years.
Presbyterian Churches Ignore SF Minister’s Censure
Wednesday May 16, 2012
SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (AP) - Representatives of dozens of West Coast Presbyterian churches are defying their denomination’s highest court by refusing to censure a retired minister who married same-sex couples in 2008.
Maine Churches Raising Money to Fight Gay Marriage
by Clarke Canfield
Friday May 25, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Scores of Maine churches will pass the collection plate a second time at Sunday services on Father’s Day to kick off a fundraising campaign for the lead opposition group to November’s ballot question asking voters to legalize same-sex marriages.
Rabbi Jonathan Romain chastises religious opponents of equal marriage
Rabbi Romain supports an inclusive education, and said that people cannot 'pick and mix' principles from scriptures
A leading Rabbi has said that those who oppose marriage equality on religious grounds are taking a ‘pick and mix’ approach to the scriptures, and might as well support stoning children or slavery.