Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Same-Sex Marriage Debate -- Blame It on Love?
A recent article (posted below) suggests that the same-sex marriage debate has it origins in changes in marriage going back centuries. The article claims a change in attitudes about marriage in the late 1700s led to current debates about marriage. The change? that couples should marry for love. The article argues that before the late 1700s marriage was more about the community and less about the individual. Once couples determined that they should be "in love" with one another, the institution of marriage changed. The article argues despite the "change" in marriage, it survived. The clear implication is the institution of marriage will survive the change of "same-sex" marriage, too.
The article questions the definition of "traditional" marriage, providing various pagan practices as examples of "marriage." It identifies the "Western" ideal of marriage of one man, one woman for life as originating in the church. This "Western" ideal of marriage is merely one of many options in the history of the world. Martin Luther notes, "The marriage of man and woman was divinely ordained." (Genesis Lectures, AE 1, 142).
In summary, according to the article below the redefinition of the state of marriage began with couples wanting to fall in love, then sexual satisfaction, then birth-control, and finally sexual-orientation. The article is correct in that these items have affected how marriage is understood. Some of the conclusions or assumptions of the article need to be questioned. Most of the "great" variations in marriage listed in the article are aberrations on marriage, not simply variations on marriage.
Ultimately, there is not a recognition of natural law which has informed most of human society throughout time that marriage is between a man and a women.
In the meantime, blame society's marriage woes on love. ;-)