Marriage Equality is the hot topic in the news today. With the Supreme Court hearing over DOMA and Prop 8, both sides of the issue are making their stance known. Social media is a barrage of yay and naysayers. The naysayers (ie: the ones not in favor of equal rights…) has repeatedly been quoting the Bible for their basis of discrimination. Well, here are a few things they forgot to mention.
Leviticus 19:28 Tattoos and piercings – Banned
Leviticus 19:19 Wearing mixed fabric- Banned
Mark 10:11-12, Divorce- Banned
1 Timothy 2:9 Women should not adorn themselves with gold or pearls- Banned
Leviticus 19:27: Shaving your beard-Banned
Leviticus 19:16: Gossip-Banned
Exodus 20:8: Keep the Sabbath (Football on Sundays? Banned!)
1 Corinthians 11: 5-6: Women must cover their hair in church.
My personal favorite is Deuteronomy 22: 27-29 “For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was non to save her. If a man find a damsel that is a virgin which is not betrothed and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife…” A woman must marry her rapist.
My point is not to sit here and disparage the Christian faith. I was raised Catholic and still go to church on a semi-regular basis. My point is that we, as humans are, **GASP**, evolving. Our culture has changed, our world has changed, our lives have changed. The Bible not only was written 2000 years ago, but it has been handed down, from man to man, translated into hundreds of languages, and passed around the world. Throughout that time, do you honestly believe nothing has changed? Nothing has been altered, or manipulated, or tweaked? I personally do not have faith in mankind to keep something the same for 2000 years.
In closing, I just want to say, it shouldn’t be a matter of whether your personal beliefs support marriage equality or not. It should be a matter of does every person, REGARDLESS of faith, have the right to marry someone they love and want to commit their life to. And that answer is yes. Yes they do.