A Present Day Church Issue: Same-Sex Marriage

What is Same-Sex Marriage?

Fun Facts

Same Sex marriages include the relations between two people of the same sex or gender.

In the 1990s only 27% of people approved of same sex relationships, where today about 65% of people accept it.

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a right protected by the US Constitution in all 50 states

How the Church Feels:

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The Catholic Church teaches that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and opposes introduction of same-sex marriage

Although gay marriage has become legal, the church continues to feel strongly about it.

Men and women compliment each other and with love that love comes family- Gay marriages make it impossible to procreate and difficult to start a family.

Church's position throughout history:

First from the beginning the Catholic Church did not support same sex couples/marriages. However, we will read that few church leaders are slowly beginning to accept the fact.

Documented Evidence in the Church:

“God created man in his own image….male and female he created them… and God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ ” Genesis 1:25-28

"A man shall be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" Genesis 2:24

“Wives submit yourself to your husband as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not.” Colossians 3:18-19

Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical titled Humanae Vitae

Talks about how we were made to love and start a family; insisting that we need man and woman to procreate.

Opinions of Church Leaders

“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and is of good will, who am I to judge him?” - Pope Francis

When asked “What do you do when a homosexual couple wants to join the church?” He replied “There's nothing I can do to endorse their relationship. But in no case do I reject people.” -Pastor, Cheryl Sanders

“I think we need to follow the European model, where there are two ceremonies. A couple goes to the courthouse for the civil union, and then if they're Christian they go to the church for the marriage. They are two separate things. The church blesses Christian marriages and the government establishes civil unions.” - preacher, Tony Campolo

Conclusion:

The church doesn't support when same-sex couples act on their feelings for the partner, not that they don't support their love.

Possible Solutions:

We believe the church should make an attempt to accept the actions made because of love between same-sex couples, because God created everyone in his image and likeness, so he clearly had a reason to create same-sex couples.

Do you have any possible solutions?

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