Marriage equality is again in the news, thanks to the Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. And thanks to Christian fundamentalists' fear that if I marry the man I love the world will somehow be destroyed, we get to read the biblical opinions of folks who read the book selectively.
I'm tired of arguing with those who have ears but will not hear, so I'll direct my comments to those among us who believe in the God Rabbi Jesus spoke of, the God of love, peace, justice and even diversity. It's time we all know the Bible better, so we can differentiate the community-defining laws of Leviticus, in which "abomination" meant simply to place oneself outside of the norms of the community, from the gospels, in which the only important law is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Meanwhile, as the debate rages on, I know my church will be marrying all loving couples, whether or not federal or state governments recognize those commitments. Hopefully, someday soon, all churches will perform the sacred rite of marriage as they see fit, while the state confers legal rights justly.
REV. DENIS LETOURNEAU PAUL