Does the State have the right to define marriage?

One of the hot social topics to arise in this years GOP race is that of homosexual marriage.  Most republicans, taking the common conservative stand on the issue, believe in passing a federal ammendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.  This would, in effect, make homosexual marriage illegal and impossible. 

This position is not satisfied to have each state decide whether they will legalize same-sex marriage.  This position believes that marriage must have a common definition across state lines and that the definition should unequivocally be “union between one man and one woman.”

Last night I heard Newt Gingrich speak on this very issue.  He asserted that states, and the federal government, has no right to change the “sacrament” of marriage- or to redefine the traditional meaning of marriage.  This is a hot topic in america and one that will no doubt stay that way in the coming days.  As circumstances would have it, the economy being in shambles and wars and rumors of future wars filling the air, this issue is not as heated as it could be, or might be in the future.

WHat is my position on this matter?  This is a matter of privacy.  The federal government has no power over the catholic sacrament of marriage, as Gingrich worried.  Regardless of the federal governments defintion of marriage, the catholic church will keep their own.  My relationship with my wife will not change if same-sex marriages are allowed in the state of Ohio.  In my opinion marriage is neither a sacrament nor a government matter.  It’s a matter between two people and God and should be left that way. 

If you believe that the Bible teaches that marriage is a union between a man and a woman only, then by all means don’t marry someone of your own sex.  The Bible says that if you go against your conscience it is sin.  But realize that not every one is a christian and not every one is fashioning their lives according to Scriptures.  Also realize that those of us who do love the Scriptures and seek to live in union with the divine life still fail miserably, and if we judge by a rigid law we would all fall short. 

Newt Gingrich needs to remember that there is this wonderful article in the constitution, “that the government shall not endorse any particular religion.”  This does not mean that our particular convictions or views don’t matter or aren’t important.  We are free to practice our religion and our convictions.  But our neighbor is not obligated by force or threat of punishment to hold the same religion or conviction as us. 

Railing against gay marriage while supporting war, spending trillions of dollars on waging war, supporting capital punishment, and bailing out big unjust corporations does not match the Spirit of Christ, and does nothing to draw people to Him.


About andrewwehrheim

Hello Blogging World. My name is Andrew Wehrheim. I am married to my beautiful wife Katie. We have a wonderful son named Andrew Peter, a.k.a "Buzz". We are in the process of moving from Lancaster, OH to Milwaukee, WI. I am a working class man. I have worked in the grocery industry the past four years. I am drawn to a deeper experience of community and long for a world of justice and love. Word out.
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