Be a Voice for Children
Sunday is not my usual posting day, but because the Supreme Court so graciously decided to announce their decision this week, I have felt the need to respond.
Now, I am not a very ‘politically correct’ person. I say what is on my mind. I told Drew one day (many moons ago when we were young and trying to figure out what his career path would look like) that I would not be a very good politician’s wife. I would always be saying something that would undermine his position or sticking my foot in my mouth. Either way, I would be a liability for any campaign, and not an asset. So even though my sweetheart is brilliant at politics (and he really is) we should look at something else. So we work for the court–not the one that made that awful decision this week though.
There you have it. I think their decision is awful, horrible, unconstitutional, and immoral. Why? I know, I have heard the rhetoric out there. “We should be free to marry who we want to”, “Marriage equality under the law,” “Civil rights for all,” one person’s sign even read “Our Constitution is a shield against Bible based oppression.”
This is so sad to me. Let me see if I can articulate this. I understand other people have different opinions than me and different life styles. I honor their ability to choose. Inherent in that philosophy is that there will be varying and different opinions across the country, around the globe, even. I defend their right to choose, which means I also defend my right to choose, and which means, I have a right to have my voice heard, as well. I shouldn’t have to be silent or agree with you.
Marriage has always been a religious ordinance, only recently sanctioned by the government, not the other way around. Marriages, in history have been performed by clergy, various religious officers given the authority by the church to bind their patrons in holy matrimony. It was not government sponsored, nor sanctioned. At some point, the government began to recognize marriages (OK, at this point, I did a little research so as not to lead you all astray). As for what I have been able to surmise, from the internet mind you (so we can all be assured it is correct—wink, blah!) marriage licenses didn’t begin to be regularly established and required until 1923 with the Uniform Marriage and Marriage Licenses Act. Before then, marriage licenses were required only by those people who wanted to be married contrary to their states laws, for instance, those married in an interracial relationship. Other than those instances, marriage licenses were not required, i.e. marriage was not regulated by the government, federal or state.
Let’s go back even farther.
In the Bible dictionary under Marriage, we read:
Among the Israelites, marriage was usually preceded by a formal act of betrothal, such a contract, when once entered on, being regarded as absolutely binding. On the marriage day, the bride was escorted to her husband’s home by a procession consisting of her own companions and the “friends of the bridegroom,” or “children of the bride-chamber,” some carrying torches and others myrtle branches and chaplets of flowers. When she reached the house, words such as “Take her according to the law of Moses and of Israel” were spoken, the pair were crowned with garlands, and a marriage deed was signed. After the prescribed washing of hands and benediction, the marriage supper was held. For a year after marriage a man was released from all military service. The gospel law of marriage is partially given in Matt. 19:4–9; Mark 10:2–12; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7. Its meaning, as symbolizing the union between Christ and the Church, is explained in Eph. 5:22–32.
It does say they signed a marriage deed, but there is no indication it was regulated by any government. It is recognized as a binding contract. The question then is binding to whom? Looking closer at the wording spoken when the bride arrived, it appears to be according to the Law of Moses and Israel. I am pretty sure that law giver was not any man-made government.
And if we want to go back even further, we can just look at Genesis 2: 24 & 25:
The Church issued the following statement Friday:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.”
And I agree.
Beautifully stated! Unpopular, yes, but as you stated, marriage is not a man-made idea. Great post.