Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Conservative Christian Case for Civil Same-Sex Marriage

Abraham Piper linked me to Misty Irons, and I found this article by her, A Conservative Christian Case for Civil Same-Sex Marriage saying things I've wanted to articulate before. Not that I agree with her position and it seems she uses some caricatures for her arguments, but she raises some really good points worth thinking about.

Concerning the political strategy, she writes:
The problem is, our political aim was not simply to protect the rights of Christians. It was to enact moral change in society that would affect everyone regardless of whether they agreed with our views. We have sought to push a moral agenda instead of lobbying for civil liberties as we should have. If we had focused on civil liberties, we would have made progress in securing the rights we wanted for ourselves, and made a valuable contribution to securing the rights of our fellow Americans in the process. We could have still taken on abortion and concentrated primarily on defending the rights of the unborn child...

Anyway, read the article. Let me know your thoughts if you have any.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Thanks for pointing out that essay. It is very interesting. I read a recent discussion that suggested that it was a big mistake to try the "separate but unequal" approach of offering gay people civil unions instead of marriage as a way to "protect the institution of marriage." In states that have civil unions, the number of heterosexual couples choosing that option over marriage is skyrocketing. It would seem this makes an argument for forgetting civil unions and allowing everyone to get married.