|Gay marriage NY - will of the people, the freedom to love|
For many gays in Singapore the news of the legalization of Gay marriage in New York appears only a small step, separated by 15,334 km away. Yet, New York has been the spark of the gay rights movement made famous by Stonewall.Whilst some Christian sites such as Christian Post continued their relentless attacks, the near silence of Christian Social justice groups such as Sojourners is deafening.
The Gay marriage in New York is such a big gain that Sojourners dare not even make a neutral comments vary that the Christian Right and Catholic Bishops would went their anger at them and cut off support. So much for progressive Christianity of Brian Mclaren. We see articles of the Afgan and West Bank conflict at least 9,000 km away, yet a profound social justice victory right in their own city of New York is not mention. This is not what Jesus would have done, but I guess they have put up the poster of Gandhi and not Jesus.
The opposition against gays seems to come from an unholy triad - Evangelicals, Jews, and Catholics. For the Catholics Bishops, blaiming gays would be a good way of distracting from the churches dismal record of sexual abuse of minors. The Evangelicals seems to suffer a memory lost with regards to the Catholic Church worship of Mary, the Saints and the Pope, when they should be exalting Christ alone. Salvation it seems is by the sacraments rather than by faith in the grace of God through Christ. All this matters little beneath their disdain for gays whom they fear not because of "traditional" marriage which has been destroyed by openly heterosexual couples but because it would deconstruct their religious faith.
(Judg 8:30 NKJV) Gideon had seventy sons who were his own offspring, for he had many wives.
(1 Ki 11:3 NKJV) And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart.
(1 Ki 11:4 NKJV) For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.
If we fear the "traditional" breakdown of marriage between one man and one woman, we should take comfort from the bible where the men had many wives. We can't see the Christian Right holding placards against the Muslim community whose religion actually allows them to have upto 4 wives. Nothing can be more traitional than Solomon who had 700 wives. He was certaintly very "strong"! Many of the marriage were inter-racial and inter-religion - which were only fully legal since 1967 due to opposition from "traditional" marriage advocates.
Perhaps the abuse of marriage by openly heterosexuals is so blatant including those sitting on the church pews, that gays must be blamed. The harder we attempt the blame others, after a long while, the blame will come back to us and we be labelled as hypocrites.
(1 Sam 18:3 NKJV) Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
(1 Sam 18:4 NKJV) And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.
The blibical story of Jonathan and David, exchanging their clothing and weapons as if exchanging the traditional marriage vows must have have too much for the male dominated "traditional" marriage advocates where the women were supposed to stay at home and be good house wives and not considered as equals. Saul was so against this relationship because David was his enemy and a threat to the throne. Yet, God blessed their relationship, and David became king and Jesus was descended from David.
Gays have no place in traditional marriage for some Christians not because it was immoral, but because a gay marriage is on equal footing whilst the men dominates over the women in a "traditional" marriage. That was why traditionally they could have many women.
There was no such One man and One woman covenant in the bible, other than instituted by Paul (who never married) because of pagan religious worship where the good Christian men were having sex with other men and women out of religious faith worship so that they could be possessed by demons in the frenzy if the religious inspired sex orgies in front of the giant statue of the deities. Strictly, the Christian Right should insist that marriage applies under the context of the same religion. There should not be an inter-religious marriage even of the same race! It's not about marriage between one man and one woman, but of the same and preferably Christian faith.
Gay marriage effectively undermines a religious structure, starting from God to the Mary/Pope, the Pope to the male Priests, the male Priests to the men, the men to the women/children, and lastly the women to the slaves. The Catholics priests must be so jealous that the gay men could marry whilst they can only have sex secretly.
The Christian Right and the Catholics Bishops are so vary of the domino effect and the profound victory for gay rights that they are trying hard to dampen it with bogus polls and threats to penalize the Republican Senators who had voted for gay marriage. The USD 2 million peldge by the anti-gay group NOM to reverse the gay marriage law is a special ploy to leverage on the fears of many for fund raising as they would well have known that the law is nearly impossible to be repealed.
Once New York legalise gay marriage, the prospect for California to resume gay marriage is much sooner rather than later as no judge in California would want to go against this historical shift of momentum. The anti-gay opponents were already desperate even before the New York news and had even tried to disqualify the retired presiding judge.
When both New York and California, the two largest states having gay marriage, it means legalization from the East to the West. The unescapable circle is complete. With increasing support from the Republicans, the general surge of support of people attending gay marriages, the large shift in support by young people would mean a fatal blow to the anti-gay crusaders.
The New York bill was passed with bi-partisan political support, and as the general support rises well 55%, the same argument used by the Christian Right that it was the will of the majority that gays should not have any rights will be used back against them. We are looking at a major shift with thunder and lighting storms moving in. The support by the Republicans can only increase as the public opinion changes rapidly.
President Obama's position on gay marriage is evolving fearing the reaction of his African American supporters making him less supportive of gay marriage than key Republicans such as Dick Cheney, Laura Bush and Ken Mehlman. The barrier to the acceptance of gays by African Americans is that they have inherited the culture of male dominated tribal from deep dark Africa. If they can't let go of gays, they cannot fully embrace their own freedom.
As the opinion polls for gay marriage will surge well above 55% by 2012, we should "let the poeple decide". Its above love and not about religion. It's about the rights of people to love and not about about special religious rights to restrict the basic rights of others. We may worship dead idols, but gays are only seeking to love other gays (not dead ones, nor underage etc as claimed by the Christian Right).
Let the circle be unbroken, let it get bigger to include the GLBT tribe. It is an unbroken circle to connect us with God, for surely they are part of God's wonderful and unique creation.