Here is the argument used by some to condemn the love between two men or two women: If we concede this is normal, don’t we have to recognize polygamists, pedophiles and those who engage in bestiality?
Consider the Republican candidate I worked so hard to disagree with but respect, Mike Huckabee. He said, “I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal.”
A more thinly veiled argument comes from Justice Scalia who claimed in his dissent in Lawrence v. Texas that because the Supreme Court found no legitimate governmental interest in preventing homosexual sodomy, there would be no legitimate governmental interest in preventing “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.”
Finally, here is something from reader David, (interestingly enough responding to the same post in which David from Chandler took me to task for not accepting polyamorous groups), “Homosexuality is just so unnatural. What is next – allowing people to have sex with their pets because they ‘love’ them and wish to express that love? How about adults who love children?”
The standard response from those who are not cultural conservatives is basically to not dignify this with a response. But that is not my style. I think it is a wide-spread feeling, and as such it should be addressed head on. So, here is the hypothetical.
Your 36-year-old son comes to you and says, although he rejects government involvement in such things, he would like you to give your blessing to his upcoming commitment ceremony with:
A. An 18-year-old woman
B. A 36-year-old woman who divorced her first husband because he beat her
C. A 36-year-old man
D. A 22-year-old woman and her 25-year-old sister
E. A 12-year-old girl
F. A 3-year-old sheep
My question is not which you would give your blessing to. My question is what is your rule to determine whether to give your blessing?
If your rule is what the Bible allows, then you must give your blessing to A., D. and probably E. If your rule is what sex would gross me out, then the answer depends on whether you’re gay or straight. Also, by the way, your rule has nothing to do with Christianity.
UPDATE 1/24 9:22 a.m.: Ug, last night I left out the gay marriage commitment which is the central discussion! It is fixed now.