Hello readers! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. I know I am. Today’s Soulful Sunday post will focus around the religious objections surrounding New York’s gay marriage bill. Enjoy! I now return you to your regularly scheduled post.
It appears that New York’s Gay Marriage bill has come to a screeching halt. Although the Democrat led Assembly passed the measure on Wednesday, the Senate has yet to vote on it. Although the GOP majority has held a few closed door meetings, the Senate is still not prepared to make a floor vote. Opponents and proponents of the bill said they both want to be sure that it has all necessary religious protections. (A bill passed years ago that prohibited discrimination against gays and lesbians may have been partly responsible for the closures of several catholic adoption agencies.)
Those who oppose the bill believe that gay marriage is the endorsement of sin and an abomination. Many use Leviticus 20:13 (which reads “If man also lies with mankind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death;their blood will be upon them.”) to support their argument. In addition to this, many also believe that the word sodomy refers to homosexuality. Many clergyman and religious leaders believe that just because a clergyman can bless a gay marriage, it doesn’t mean that God will.
Although there are church and religious leaders who oppose the bill (and homosexuality and gay marriage itself), more than 700 others believe that the bill adequately protects their religious rights and beliefs. Although the bill would legalize gay marriage in New York, it would not force clergy, houses of worship and denominations to perform gay or sex marriages or make their churches or facilities available for marriage ceremonies, wedding receptions and other functions. With that said, religious leaders who do not want to provide these services to gay couples do not have to.
What do you think? Do you think the gay marriage bill in New York should be passed? Do you oppose or support gay marriage? Do you think it’s wrong? Leave me a comment and let me (and others) know how you feel about it.