Juanito Bacuyag Jr.
Same Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legalized
Same sex marriage, also known as equal marriage or gay marriage, is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or gender identity.The question of legalization of same sex marriage is an issue in many of our states today and in other countries. At least “17 U.S. states are now permitting gay marriage and some are still pending” (Bloomberg). Many people have their own beliefs and reasonings when it comes to same-sex marriage; however, God made a man and a woman to join hands together and say vows in the right way. God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve; as a result, a man is for woman and a woman is for man. Take a look what God did to Sodom and Gomorrah in 1900 BCE.
According to Holly Joan Toensing, the book of Genesis in the Bible translates to, ”Homosexuality = Death” (Toensing 61). Sometimes the executional judgments came as a result of the wicked conduct of people in their daily lives. Sodom and Gomorrah are an example of this. God inspected the cities and determined that the sin of the inhabitants was very heavy; he decided to bring the cities to ruin. “Then Jehovah made it rain sulfur and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah—it came from Jehovah, from the heavens. So he overthrew these cities, yes, the entire district, including all the inhabitants of the cities and the plants of the ground.” (Genesis 19:24, 25) But, why? The apostle Peter mentions indulgence in “loose conduct.” (2 Peter 2:7) As indicated by the use of the Greek term from which that expression is translated, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah indulged in wrongdoing in a manner that displayed brazen disrespect, even contempt, for law and authority. In addition, Jude 7 says that they ‘committed fornication excessively and went out after flesh for unnatural use,’ and “gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.” Weston Fields states that “God’s destruction was brought about by the actions of “the sex-crazed homosexually inclined male population of Sodom” (Qtd in Toensing 61). The grossness of their conduct was manifest when the men of Sodom, “from boy to old man, all the people in one mob,” surrounded the house of Lot and demanded that he turn over his guests for the men of Sodom to gratify their perverted appetites. And they shouted denunciations at Lot because he resisted their depraved demands.—Genesis 19:4, 5, 9. This situation shows that the two cities deserve for their destruction; imagine that boys and old men, surrounded Lot’s house, attempting to rape his angelic guests.
Robert Alter reveals that, ”A society that rejects the moral bonds of civilization for the instant gratification of dark urges can be swept away in a moment; . . . the very danger of illicit sexuality may blight a kingdom with sterility” (Qtd. in Toensing 61-62). Their destruction serves as a permanent warning. Since this account and other similar ones have been written for our instruction, for a warning to us, the moral lessons coming from them are still valid.
Same-sex marriage is legal in 17 U.S states and the District of Columbia: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Worldwide, 16 other countries (and parts of Mexico) also have laws allowing same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships. Most of these are in Europe and South America. But “41% of the total percentage of Americans strongly favor gay marriage, 47% of Americans oppose or strongly oppose gay marriage, and 10% of Americans are unsure about gay marriage” (Statistic Brain). Many oppose same sex marriage because it is unnatural; they are using the wrong body parts for the wrong reasons. It is also unnatural as they will not be able to have their own children; their children will either be adopted or are carried by...
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