efumc (efumc) wrote,

A special edition of The Wordsmith's Forge

June has been a time for weddings amongst our friends’ children. We just got back from our second wedding on successive Saturdays. This latest was a beautiful wedding, full of old, familiar words.
God made us male and female for each other.

Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.

This is a profound mystery, and I am saying it refers to Christ and his Church.
Marriage is a fundamental building block of human society, and you don’t have to believe in God or follow Christ to understand that; however, for those of us who are Christians, we believe that the human species’ sexual complementarity is part of the image of our Creator and that the love of husband and wife reveals something important about the love of Christ and his Church. With that in mind, our United Methodist Book of Discipline says,
We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Now, earlier this week, Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking for a majority of the Supreme Court, declared that when Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act some years ago, defining marriage (for federal purposes) as the union of one man and one woman, the Senators and Representatives (not to mention, President Clinton, who signed it) could have had no other object in mind but to demean, injure, and harass those who wanted to enter into marriage with a person of the same sex. As Justice Kennedy wrote, DOMA was motivated by “bare congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group.” Nothing else can be said in defense of traditional marriage, for those who uphold it, for any reason whatsoever, have been declared bigots by our black-robed Masters on the Court.

Congress was moved only by bigotry when it passed DOMA. So, presumably was General Conference, when it last touched up our Social Principles, quoted above. So, I guess, were the writers of the Bible. So, it may be presumed, were all the poets who have praised the unique, soul-nourishing and life-giving love of man and woman. Nothing can be said in their defense. The only reason they could have for singling out for special consideration marriage between a man and a woman is to demean those who desire other kinds of love relationships.

Well, to hell with that. And to hell with the Supreme Court.

N.B. — I am using “hell,” above, in its proper theological and metaphysical sense. I am not engaging in bad language. I mean exactly what I have said.

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