In our ongoing cultural conversation about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, we will continue to have friends and family members who will be asking us questions like these. Unfortunately, many Christians today lack the ability to clearly articulate their views on marriage. We often find it difficult to respond to questions or arguments made by those who disagree with us. If we want to defend the centuries-old understanding of marriage, we should start by looking carefully at what God has to say about it. That means that no matter what legislators or justices say, the definition of marriage is not ours to tamper with.
The strongest argument against same-sex marriage: traditional marriage is in the public interest
Religious Exemptions and Discrimination against LGBT People in the United States | HRW
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Download the full report in English. Over the past decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people have made significant legal and political gains in the United States, including the freedom to marry. Despite this progress, federal law does not expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in fields like employment, housing, and access to services, and fewer than half of the states offer explicit protections for LGBT people at the state level. Without these protections, LGBT people across the United States lack clear recourse and redress when they are fired, evicted, or refused service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Price of Gay Marriage
Marriage is both ubiquitous and central. All across our country, in every region, every social class, every race and ethnicity, every religion or non-religion, people get married. For many if not most people, moreover, marriage is not a trivial matter. It is a key to the pursuit of happiness, something people aspire to—and keep aspiring to, again and again, even when their experience has been far from happy. The keys to the kingdom of the married might have been held only by private citizens—religious bodies and their leaders, families, other parts of civil society.
Recognition of our equal dignity, and of our right to the same legal protections straight couples enjoy, is a civil rights milestone. But it could also be the swan song for the movement for gay freedom that began after World War II. It is no accident that the one civil rights law that would likely apply to the greatest numbers of gays — a ban on discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — continues to elude us. An anti-discrimination law creates substantial costs not only for the government, which must enforce it, but also for corporations, which must comply with it; letting gays into military service and into the institution of marriage does not. After Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, in , a backlash of ballot initiatives and referendums banning such unions swept much of the country.