Thank you for your timely question. This is surely a current topic. In the last few years there has been an enormous change in our country on this issue. It appears that it will soon be the law of the land. We often read that a public official has changed his mind on gay marriage and now publicly supports it, sometimes because an individual close to them, a child or friend, wishes to make their relationship to another of the same sex legal, in some part because various legal benefits would be opened up to both individuals.
One problem with our law occurs when two heterosexual people of the same sex chose to live together as friends throughout their adult lives. Their bonds of friendship and mutual interests have drawn them to live under one roof and they have created a family. It’s sad that these two adults can’t file a “family” (in place of a married) tax return, or be recognized as kin in a medical situation. When it comes to inheritance, the living friend should receive the benefits of close family. This is a problem with our civil laws. Some proponents of same sex marriage justify their positions due to these legal issues. However, we, Christians, cannot base our behaviors on the laws of the land. Christians turn to God’s written word for our moral guidelines.
1) The Bible defines marriage in the following three Scriptures:
– Jesus said in Matthew 19:5, "…For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh…"