Gay marriage – celebrated for the first time by hundreds of couples at the weekend – goes to the heart of religious concerns. Opponents like to say that it redefines marriage – as if marriage had not been frequently redefined, and for the better, since Old Testament days – but what matters more is that it redefines humanity. The idea of full equality for gay and lesbian people changes our understanding of what it means to be human, and does so for the better. That means it must also change or challenge most understandings of God. So the religious reactions were inevitable and important. But they were not all predictable or simple. In this country there have been four main strands of opinion that matter. First, and to be celebrated, is the wholehearted welcome to the reform given by the Quakers, by Liberal and Reform Judaism, by some free churches and a substantial minority of Anglican opinion. At the opposite extreme are those religions opposed not only to gay marriage but to the flourishing and even the existence of gay and lesbian people: orthodox Judaism, most forms of Islam, and most of the charismatic and fundamentalist forms of Christianity that… Read full this story
- BREAKING NEWS: Beto O'Rourke QUITS 2020 race as campaign runs out of cash - after launching run on the front of Vanity Fair saying: 'Man, I'm just born to be in it.'
- How the court avoided cake case’s tough issues
- Stay Away! 1 Prospect Every Team Should Avoid in 2018 NBA Draft
- What on earth is U.S. Soccer doing with Jaelene Hinkle?
Gay marriage: fair do have 259 words, post on www.theguardian.com at March 30, 2014. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.