Regardless of your view on same-sex marriage, the decision today by the California Supreme Court to uphold the voter’s will on Proposition 8 which changed the state constitution to outlaw same-sex union was the right decision. Personally, I’m embarrassed to live in a state that has made discrimination “legal,” so to speak, through their own bigotry, on display for the world to see. It is what it is. The voters created this problem and the voters will need to fix it.
Since most of the problem is with older voters, this problem will correct itself in time and those who voted for Prop 8 will be much like the bigots in the Southern US who fought integration believing it was ‘god’s will’ that segregation existed. A sad state of affairs, but true. Since we’ve now got this situation in place in California, I hope the voters see fit to amend the state constitution to ban divorce as well – that’s obviously the next step to “protect traditional biblical marriage.”
Of course, I wonder which of the 8 forms of traditional biblical marriage (via Unreasonable Faith) they’re referring to:
- Polygynous Marriage
- Levirate Marriage
- A man, a woman and her property — a female slave
- A man, one or more wives, and some concubines
- A male soldier and a female prisoner of war
- A male rapist and his victim
- A male and female slave
- Monogamous, heterosexual marriage
Probably the most common form of marriage in the bible, it is where a man has more than one wife.
When a woman was widowed without a son, it became the responsibility of the brother-in-law or a close male relative to take her in and impregnate her. If the resulting child was a son, he would be considered the heir of her late husband. See Ruth, and the story of Onan (Gen. 38:6-10).
The famous “handmaiden” sketch, as preformed by Abraham (Gen. 16:1-6) and Jacob (Gen. 30:4-5).
The definition of a concubine varies from culture to culture, but they tended to be live-in mistresses. Concubines were tied to their “husband,” but had a lower status than a wife. Their children were not usually heirs, so they were safe outlets for sex without risking the line of succession. To see how badly a concubine could be treated, see the famous story of the Levite and his concubine (Judges 19:1-30).
Women could be taken as booty from a successful campaign and forced to become wives or concubines. Deuteronomy 21:11-14 describes the process.
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 describes how an unmarried woman who had been raped must marry her attacker.
A female slave could be married to a male slave without consent, presumably to produce more slaves.
and of course …
Be warned! This is what happens when politics, religion, and morality are mixed, it’s not good. Generally speaking, these folks don’t even know what their own holy book says…..
Vote to overturn bigotry and bring equal rights to ALL citizens, not just heterosexual so-called christians.