“Homosexuality and Gay Marriage,” by Andrew Schatkin
Homosexuality is a hot topic in our society these days. Let me make clear that I detest and abhor as a Christian any hatred, hostility or discrimination against the gay community and in the same fashion oppose hostility and discrimination directed to any person due to their race or national origin. I now propose to suggest and state the biblical view of homosexuality and also to analyze the Supreme Court Decision on gay marriage and former President Obama’s letter on transgender rights and students.
Section 2357 of the Catholic Church Catechism refers to homosexual acts as intrinsically disordered. The catechism also states that homosexual acts are depraved based on sacred scripture. This is the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church but need not be accepted by a non-Catholics. Holy Scripture makes mention of homosexual acts a number of times. The sin of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in Gen 19 is generally thought to be homosexual activity although some have interpreted the sin to be lack of hospitality. Lev 19:22 states same sex relationships to be an abomination. There are further references to homosexuality in the Hebrew bible Deut 29:23 and 32:32 Isaiah:1:9,10;Is 3:9, 13:19:Jer23;14;50:40;Amos4:11Ezekiel16:46,48,49;Ez 15:53,55,56; Amos4:11Zeph2:9 It is to be noted that most these references listed here refer to Sodom and Gomorrah. The main statements in the Hebrew Bible as to homosexual activity are found in Gen 19 the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and the specific prohibition in Lev 19 which is one in a lengthy list of ritual prohibitions.
It is noteworthy that Jesus did not speak of homosexuality except for once when he stated that a man should leave his father and mother and marry (Matt 19). Jesus also made comparison of the Pharisees and Sodom and Gomorrah. It is most probable that Jesus rarely if not at all mentioned homosexuality since he was addressing primarily a Jewish audience There are a number of instances however where Jesus makes reference to Sodom and Gomorrah: Mt 10:15;Mt 11:23;24;Luke10;12; Luke 17;29
All in all, in must be said that Jesus made almost no specific statements or references to this particular sin or failing. On the other hand, St. Paul, since he was addressing a Greek audience made a number of references and statements about homosexual activity In Romans 6:10 Paul states that immoral, adulterers and sexual perverts will not inherit the Kingdom of heaven. He does not specifically refer to homosexual activity. In romans s 1:26,27 St Paul states that the Fall resulted in both men and women exchanging natural relations for unnatural a clear reference to homosexual activity coming about because of the fall of mankind into sin. See also on this I Cor 6:15-20 and finally in Tim 1:10 (sodomites) 2 Pet 2:6; Jude7 and Rev.11:8. This much can be said that for the Christian or Jesus person who follow the older traditions these biblical passages reveal that homosexual activity is subject to prohibition and condemnation. It also must be stated that there are many sins in the world and that this is but one and that Jesus stated it would be better for Sodom and Gomorrah than the Pharisees the religious hypocrites of his time. The prohibition cannot be denied but the catholic catechism emphasizes that the homosexual must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity and every sign of unjust discrimination should be avoided. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. I would now like to talk about gay marriage. As a Christian on the basis I have just indicated an analyzed it is not my choice. But I would like to talk a bit about the Supreme Court Decision on this issue with which I disagree in the court’s reasoning. I add that for me as a Christian this is an unacceptable moral choice. Since its legality has been decided I accept and obey the law.
I would now like to talk about gay marriage, specifically an analysis of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. I disagree with the court’s reasoning and the result of that reasoning. The court concluded that marriage is a fundamental right and reasons on the grounds of Equal Protection and Due Process of the U S constitution that marriage is a constitutional right. I differ on a number of bases .First marriage like education is reserved to the states. In short, the states are allowed to issue marriage licenses and to undo this union resort must be had to the state courts. The constitution has nothing to do with marriage. Second Equal Protection and Due Process in the constitution have reference to race discrimination and are inapplicable to marriage. Marriage is not a right but a personal discretionary choice and certainly cannot be elevated to a constitutional fundamental right. Finally, as stated in the dissents for some centuries if not thousands of years marriage has been thought of and referenced to the relationship of man and woman and to the procreation of children. It is stretching our historical understanding of this relationship to and in my view stretching its meaning to gay marriage. It is the law now and I am prepared and will obey the law without public comment but I state my legal reasons for my disagreement with this decision.
In conclusion is add and make a comment on the letter dated Feb 22,2017 issued by the Dept. of Justice and the Dept. of Education on the matter of transgender students and their access to school restrooms and locker rooms. This letter was presumptively issued with the consent or imprimatur of then President Obama. This directions is based on Title IX a sex discrimination statute. This issue is not and cannot be based on sex which is a biological issue. Sex discrimination and this statute cannot be stretched to what has been termed a gender issue, where for one reason or another the individual feels they are in the wrong sex. I feel sympathy and understanding for this person but also cannot change the important meaning of sex discrimination and what this statute covers and protects. It is noteworthy that then President Obama did not resort to the legal process specifically the congress to solve this issue. It is possible that legally he could not and chose to issue this directive letter of guidance. Again I add I abhor any sort of discrimination again any person whether transgender or homosexual. As a Christian, I have not hostility to any person or group who I know God has eternal and undying love for.