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What Does the Bible Say About Gay Marriage?

By    |   Wednesday, 09 Sep 2015 10:27 PM

Gay marriage is one of the most hotly contested personal and political issues among Christians today. Some Christians believe the Bible is very clear on God’s intention that marriage is between a man and a woman. Other Christians believe the Bible leaves room for acceptance of gay marriage.

According to a study by the Public Religion Research Institute, about 60 percent of Catholic Christians are in favor of gay marriage. That is in line with 55 percent of the general American population who support gay marriage.

Some Bible passages inform the marriage of a man and woman, but the Bible does not record any incidents of gay marriage.

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Here are some passages as recorded on BibleGateway.com.

Genesis 1:27 — “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Genesis 18: 18 – 25 — In this passage God says, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make a helper comparable to him.” Genesis goes on to describe the creation of woman out of Adam’s rib as the helper that God made to partner with Adam. The Bible says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:31 — “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5%3A22-33&version=NASB

The group Christian Gays pointed out that while there are passages that negatively reference homosexuality, “at no point in the Gospel narrative does Jesus condemn homosexuality.”

Some argue that, since marriage is the only Biblically acceptable place for sex, then gay marriage is appropriate. Justin Lee, executive director of the Gay Christian Network said “God blesses same-sex marriages.” He takes a conservative view that sex should be reserved for marriage. He argues the Bible does not outline homosexual sex as sinful, but rather describes non-marital sex as sinful.

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Hebrews 13:4 says: “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”

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