What excellent news!
However, as a Jesus-loving Christian, I think I may be in the evangelical minority, and perhaps this blog itself will garner a lot of hate and shade from my own social circles owing to my liberal stance. While I understand and agree with the biblical arguments against homosexuality as a sin and marriage as a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (to mirror the covenant relationship between God and His people), I honestly do not see the outrage that so many of my fellow believers are experiencing.
Because... pluralism is a virtue that not only protects those who don't believe in Jesus, but those who do, as well.
Because... the United States has long ceased to be a Bible-loving, Jesus-following, God-fearing nation, so why should the principles and precepts of a faith that is not shared by the nation be imposed on those with no such belief system?
Because... the Church has no business being in politics any more than the government should have any business being in our faith. Have we not learned yet, in the thousands of years preceding Jesus and the 2000+ since His resurrection, that faith and government simply don't mix? Even King David, who was credited with being a man after God's own heart, committed adultery and murder. The wisest king to have ruled, King Solomon, was a polygamist and adulterer. It's therefore simply foolishness to believe that any person in power, regardless of their level of "Christian" faith, could consistently act in a manner that would please God and please man. The truth is that most political leaders will desire to please man (in order to stay in office, in order to keep the peace between populations of people in the country who have vastly different worldviews) rather than please God. Even those that might wish to adhere doggedly to Biblical principle will find themselves either becoming tyrants or legalists as they rule over a people who simply don't have a longing for Jesus. Let's save our righteous indignation for those in our churches who profess Jesus and yet sin, rather than those who have no affiliation with Him.
And finally, because... God doesn't judge one sin more sinful than another, for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, including homosexuals and heterosexuals and asexuals and transsexuals. Why should one sin be tolerated and another condemned, when the reality is that we live in a culture that no longer condemns many grievous sins? I am talking about sins of favoritism shown to white people and the discrimination shown to those of colour. I'm referring to pornography and tax evasion and adultery and disrespecting the POTUS that God has allowed to sit in office for the past 8 years. I'm talking about lying and lusting and coveting what our neighbors have. If those who commit the sin of homosexuality should not legally marry, then neither should those who have had sex outside of marriage, or those who look at porn.
So, how then should we respond? Might I suggest this from Mark 12?
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”And when we rage about the destruction of the sanctity of marriage, might we first turn our outrage and our energy towards those who profess to love Jesus, who sit in our pews, and whose actions are equally grievous to the Holy One who created marriage to begin with? Let's hold our evangelical brothers and sisters accountable first, and then maybe - just maybe - when our own populations actually begin to demonstrate in action how we Jesus-loving folk actually honour the covenant of marriage as a sacred institution - then we will be able to comment critically about the rest of the nation's stance on marriage.
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Until that day comes, I will be celebrating with my LGBT neighbours the upholding of everyone's freedom to choose.