It’s The Law…..But Whose Law?
June 26, 2015

Earlier today in a 6 to 4 decision The United States Supreme Court has ruled that according to the “Law of The United States Constitution” Marriage is now legal according to the government.

The Supreme Court has found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and handing a historic victory to the gay rights movement that would have been unthinkable just 10 years ago.

According to Supreme Just Kennedy,  “The word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennia,” he said then, referencing the amount of time societies had considered marriage to be only between a man and a woman.

But Kennedy was swayed by the fact that hundreds of thousands of married same-sex couples already exist and that they — and their children — are being treated differently by the law when they move to a state that doesn’t recognize their union. The states in the case also had trouble articulating why they had a compelling reason to deny that recognition, saying only that it was in the interest of children to only allow couples of the opposite sex to marry.

The responsibility of each person in the world not just the United States of America is to respect each individual as a person who is created by God for his glory and honor.  Each individual in the entire world has a responsibility to acknowledge that we are created in the image of God and honor our creator for investing inside every person the ability to show joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, patience, love and an ability to forgive one another.

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in a strange way has somehow concluded that being created in the imagine of God somehow allows the entire world population who is created in God’s image to “legally” engage in transactions as decided by local jurisdictions instead of our creator.

What must also be considered is globally what is seen as the expectation of all people in matters.  For instance, the ruling today by our Supreme Court represents only a small sampling of how this same topic is viewed worldwide by over 195 Countries instead of a sampling of a few:

U.S. Department of State

The United States’ State Department recognizes 195 independent countries around the world. Their list of 195 countries reflects the political agenda of the United States of America and its allies. Missing from the State Department’s list is one entity that may or may not be considered a country, depending on who you talk to.

The One Outsider

Taiwan meets the requirements of independent country or state status. However, due to political reasons, it fails to be recognized by the international community as independent.

As it stands, the following 18 countries have legalized same-sex marriage and two allow the union to take place in some jurisdictions.

COUNTRIES WHERE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS LEGAL

2000 The Netherlands

2003 Belgium

2005 Canada

2005 Spain

2006 South Africa

2009 Sweden

2009 Norway

2010 Portugal

2010 Iceland

2010 Argentina

2012 Denmark

2013 Uruguay

2013 New Zealand

2013 France

2013 England / Wales

2013 Brazil

2014 Luxembourg

2014 Scotland

COUNTRIES WHERE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS LEGAL IN SOME JURISDICTIONS

2003 United States

2009 Mexico

Source: Pew Research Center, January, 2015

Here’s my summary, statistics was a class that I didn’t like in my Masters or PhD studies but it has proven to be helpful in so many ways.  But for this analysis statistical analysis isn’t necessary only simple division of 18/195 = .0923076923.  This means that today’s Supreme Court ruling is in the eyes of the world a minority ruling instead of a majority ruling.  The Supreme Court ruling today represents more like a 10% in favor verses 90% opposed world ruling.

In God’s sight it would look more like 0% in favor vs. 100% opposed to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Acts 5:29-32  Peter and other apostles replied:  “We must obey God rather than human beings!  The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead whom you killed by hanging him on a cross.  God exalted him to his own right had as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.  When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.

In the process of obeying God, we always respect the humanity of everyone.  In the process of obeying God, we never speak in an unkind manner against our government but rather always pray for those that are leading our country.

 

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Same Sex – Where Is The Research
March 27, 2013

The United States Supreme Court is currently faced with the assignment of deciding if men can legally marry men and women can marry women.  The First Amendment promises the following:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.   What does who one marry have to do with religion and the constitution?  The laws and boundary of marriage are traceable back to Genesis 2.  The current debate before the courts is not about what is known about marriage, but rather about what is primarily not known about same sex marriages.  Mankind historically has defied best practice of what is known and focused upon the realm of things not understood and with open arms embrace the unknown as the best practice without knowledge.  The early days of colonizing and formulating America under the oath of freedom and justice for all, quickly reverted to a practice of enslaving Native Americans and creating an institution of slavery that lasted for over 400 years.  This was carried out by a spirit of self serving gratification and an ongoing ignoring of the historical long term results of any nation that reverted to such practice.

Debate in matters of best practice is risky when the debate is introduced and moderated by individuals whose goal is simply to change what is right and has been tested and retested over time for it’s reliability.  More is known about the interactions of men with women that is positive regarding outcome than is known about outcome of relationships between men with men or women with women.  Advocating for men marrying men or women marrying women as a national norm is less than 15 years old anywhere in the world.  The Netherlands were the first to do so on April 1, 2001 followed by Belgium on January 30, 2003 and later Spain on June 30, 2005 who was opposed by the Roman Catholic Church.  Knowing about Spain is important because this country was also the first to attach to the legalization of same sex couples the right to adopt children into the relationships.  The emotional argument regarding whether or not children should have the right to loving parents regardless of their sexual pairing is less than 10 years in existence.  There are no outcome data available to provide any statistical analysis about the long term mental, social, relational, developmental impact same sex homes have on adult children who exit such environments.

The arguments of today primarily are driven by people’s desires to exercise their democratic freedoms and not factual data.  Democracy is precious and should be cherished when it comes to social, political and human rights.  In a democratic country, people rights often take priority over what is right.  In a democratic country, morals are often determined by the desires of citizens.  In a democratic country limitations and boundaries are often translated into attempts to take away choice.  A major positive about democracy is the right to make choices.  Yet even within a democracy choices should be based upon proper analysis.  In same sex marital conversations their is almost a complete void when it comes to discussing the consequences of such relationships both short term and long term.    In scholarly research it is the researchers who are not only cautious but also determined to examine outcomes for their efficacy and side effects before presenting new finding for usage or consumption by the general population.

Regardless of the ruling made by the courts, God remains the final judge in the affairs of all mankind.  Christians should not become weary based upon the outcome of the courts in this matter.  The evidence historically from Genesis to now, keep showing that God has a way of taking the worse decisions made by humans and changing the intents into advancing heavens purpose.  Every person must ultimately stand before the judgement seat of Christ and give an accounting of relationship choices whether the choices are good or bad.  2 Corinthians 5:10