Now, many of you who know me may know that I see gay marriage as legally vital to a free society, because denying basic liberties to any minority is unacceptable.
You may also know that I have been uncertain where this fits into a biblical framework, and while this does not bother me excessively (I'm not manning any pearly gates) it is still a bit unsettling.
So, I came across a rather interesting discussion on Catholic radio the other day. The guest was saying that the mistake those opposing gay marriage make is in allowing those who are pro-gay to define the bounds of the discussion. She pointed out that if you accept the premise that marriage is about the happiness of the individuals, then it becomes difficult to argue that gay marriage should be illegal. However, if you back up a bit, and recognize that marriage is not about the happiness of the couple, but about the commitment to having and raising children, then her position for protecting heterosexual marriage becomes (in her view) inevitable. This is quite compelling.
But these things have a way of sticking in your mind, and the next morning I was mulling it over again and I realized that her new premise [i]is invalid[/i].
[blockquote] 1 Corinthians 7: "[html]<sup>1</sup>Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. <sup>2</sup>But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. <sup>3</sup>The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. <sup>4</sup>The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. <sup>5</sup>Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. <sup>6</sup>I say this as a concession, not as a command. <sup>7</sup>I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that."[/html][/blockquote]
So to summarize Paul: Want guilt-free sex? [i]Get married.[/i]
I cannot imagine how that concession from Paul could not apply to homosexuals.
And I'd like to thank Catholic Radio for helping me resolve this properly.