Currently in the UK the big debate is over gay couples getting married in religious institutions. Earlier this winter the proposal for women bishops was defeated by a measly six votes so it would be nice for the church and other religions to catch up with the modern world and support equality and tolerance.
One argument against gay marriage is that historically marriage was between heterosexual couples. This argument is invalid.
- Historically women couldn’t vote
- Historically men under 30 couldn’t vote
- Historically British people had to pay for healthcare
- Historically you had to come from a wealthy, respectable, well-bred family to get anywhere in life (although it could be said this still holds true)
It doesn’t mean it’s right or should remain the same.
Gay marriage will not undermine the traditional institution, in fact it might strengthen it. The divorce rate is steadily increasing, single parent families are becoming more common so why shouldn’t two men or two women marry and raise a family? Surely that is both more stable and beneficial for the children than a heterosexual married couple who argue all the time.
Why can’t someone choose to be both gay and Christian? Or lesbian and Hindi? and be faithful to their religion by marrying in the eyes of the church/temple etc? I don’t claim to be an expert on the Bible but surely they advocate tolerance and equality? That seems to be the moral thing to do. It’s time to enter the modern world and start creating harmony instead rifts.