I was pleased that both the Press-Register and Lagniappe wrote approvingly of same-sex marriage in editorials I read in February. Such a heartfelt stance would have been unthinkable even as late as the 1970s, but times have changed dramatically since then.
Nowadays, about 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, and many of those now see the different sexual orientation as a gift of God rather than nature’s bizarre, incomprehensible blunder. This is an eminently civilized shift in public option that should please all those who love social justice and progressive change.
Many people still think that religious opposition to same-sex marriage is universal but that simply isn’t true. For some years the United Church of Christ, Episcopalians and Unitarians have supported same-sex marriage and lately the Presbyterian Church (USA) has done so as well.
It is so noteworthy that large numbers of Catholics nationwide now think favorably about same-sex marriage in spite of strong disapproval by their church, a rigid seldom-changing magisterium.
The fact that so many Conservatives and reformed Jews support same-sex marriage is also gratifying because so much of Christian opposition to homosexuality comes from that famous passage in Leviticus, which says you shall not lie with mankind as with womankind, since it is an abomination. Interestingly, Leviticus is the third book of the coronial Jewish scripture which contains Mosaic laws.
What more can one say about the unqualified support of so many of the churches and the forth estate for marriage equality except to give a resounding “Amen.”