Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Edit: Numb on Marriage

The seven justices of the California Supreme Court on March 4 haggled with attorneys and each other during oral arguments in what may be the state's pivotal showdown over same-sex marriage.

Demobstrators on both sides chanted and waved placards outside the high court as they waited for arguments to begin. But the hubbub was only a fraction of what took place during court challenges to same-sex marriage in 2004 after San Fransisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered his clerk to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, triggering the current legal battle.

"In just four years, we have become numb" to the idea of same-sex marriage, said Advocates of Faith and Freedom general counsel Robert Tyler, who attended the March 4 argument.
"It's nothing now."

Inside the courtroom, some seemed to agree. Chief Justice Ronald George cited Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down sodomy bans. He also repeatedly invoked the 1946 California high court ruling that outlawed a ban on interracial marriage, focusing on a phrase that says marriage is the right to web "a person of one's choice." without reference to gender.

San Francisco city attorney Terry Stewart told the court that "the sense of equality in California is ahead of the rest of the country," and that it was time for "this court to bring equality." Justice Carol Corrigan wasn't so sure. She wondered sloud whose role it is to mediate changing societal views on marriage the courts or the people. In 2000, nearly two-thirds of California voters passed Prop22, an initiative that recognized marriage as between a man and a woman. A 2006 state appeals court ruling upheld the measure.

"It's going to be a very close decision," said Tyler, echoing other observers who said traditional marriage in California will either stand or fall by one vote. The court must rule within 90 days.

There is only one thing I have to say about this. Is that the Bible says that Marriage is suppose to be like Christ and the church.

Ephesians 5:22-33

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become on flesh. The mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

So thats what God says about marriage. It's simple!

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