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Gay rights and religion
Transcript of Gay rights and religion
& the Religious The Imposing of the Church on State Introduction we all know, there has been a gradual but steady movement of public opinion and government policy towards the recognition of gay rights, particularly those attained through marriage Increasing support for LGBT rights some examples of this sway in mindset include
- Repeal of 'Dont Ask Dont Tell' by president Barack Obama
-the passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act which extended the definition of a hate crime to include crimes against LGBT individuals
-the "It gets better" videos featuring celebrities and other influential individuals that encouraged oppressed LGBT youth to persevere through the difficulties with hope. while we cant discount the progress made towards securing for homosexuals the same rights heterosexual men and women enjoy, there is still one more very high hurdle to overcome. and it is a topic that is at the center of passionate debate and rhetoric from crowds of marching protesters, to the pulpit of devout churches... the issue at hand Same Sex Marriage Members of the LGBT community and their supporters are now currently pushing for government recognition of the legitimacy of the union of homosexual individuals i.e. legalize same sex marriage. In six states, New York, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire, gay and lesbian unions are legal and recognized by the state government. Recently Maryland joined these ranks and legislation to recognize same sex unions in our state will be effective in 2013. Why all the fuss?? "big frickin' deal! its just a title" its important to understand some of the
rights our government allots to recognized
married couples to better enlighten ourselves
as to why this is such a passionate issue for some. They Include but are not limited to:
Bereavement leave, medical decisions on behalf of partner, sick leave to care for partner, visitation of partner in hospital or prison, automatic inheritance, child custody, domestic violence protection, exemption from property tax on partner’s death, veterans benefit upon death of military spouse etc.. Religious Opposition "...to love and to procreate..." there exists opposition to the push to legalize and legitimize same sex marriage, and this opposition is spearheaded by religious institutions (primarily christians), their leaders and other conservative influential individuals. inspired primarily by their dogma, they exercise their own political rights in pressing the government to protect the traditional definition of marriage-between one man and one woman-for the greater benefit of society. Church Action Against Gay Marriage Relgious Appeal to the Government The church continually pressures the government by, introducing and sponsoring one legislation after another that either strengthens the traditional definition of marriage, or take action to repeal laws passed in favor of gay marriage.
some of these include and are not limited to;
The Defense of Marriage Act(s) (DOMA)
The conscience clause of Virginia
giving religious adoption agencies the right to deny parenthood to same sex parents
place holder See the Forest
then the Trees Implications of Religious Opposition -a macrosociological
perspective The most obvious and direct impact of this opposition from Religious institutions on gay marriage recognition at an individual level is the delay of government benefits and, what some would say, justice to homosexual individuals.
These of course are extremely consequential ramifications as they define the standard of living as a citizen of the United States for an ever growing number of people another consequence of resistance by religious institutions would be the increasing antagonism between devout religious and proponents of gay marriage rights. Implications Cont'd it also results in the perception of religious individuals as close minded, backwards, bigoted, or even homophobic in their response to the movement legalize same sex marriages a micro-perspective within a macro-perspective Extremist Rhetoric The people responsible for this perception of the religious are particular pockets of religious with highly ignorant and hateful rhetoric (im looking at you westboro baptists) that closes off all possibility of discussion and understanding from both sides Impact on LGBT individuals The national attention that religious resistance is getting seems to be bringing more popularity from those with secular view points to the cause same sex marriage legitimacy. There are also an increasing number
of open LGBT & straight celebrities,
athletes, actors and actresses, and
other influential figures gay and lesbian
openly in support of same sex
marriages From the Inside Looking Out a microsociological perspective In the case of Corbett vs. Corbett, a MTF transgendered woman who married a man, had their marriage annulled by the state because even though Mrs. Corbett had a sex change operation, she was still biologically a man Justifications for opposing same sex marriage "big flippin deal, we just wanna marry" As aforementioned, in order to be fully enlightened on this matter
it is important to understand some of the reasons why religious individuals, Christians specifically object to same sex marriage Objection based on scripture Those that favor a more literal interpretation of the bible often cite passages from well known books like Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and the New Testament letters of Paul. classic examples:
"if a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them"-Lev 20:13 (KJV) "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error."-Romans 1:26-27 (NASB) institutions which favor a more contextual interpretation of the bible in regards to sexuality and marriage cite the creation myth of genesis and teach that it is the will of the creator that marriages and sexuality fulfill two purposes: unification in love, and the intrinsic goal of procreation; and any engagement outside of this definition breaches natural law and is therefore sin. DISCLAIMER: the Holy See (Roman Catholic Church's administrative wing) officially stated that the church doesnt deny the humanity or civil rights of homosexual individuals and will stand up for them where threatened...Just not marriage rights. Sources Maryland is a State that recognizes all gay marriages from other states but it isn't legal yet for gay couples to marry in the state.
On february 17, 2012 maryland house of delegates passes a bill that will legalize gay marriage in the state but won't do so until Novemeber of that year Recognition of gay marriage How do we fix this?!
Openness! Westboro Baptist Church Are a extremely homophobic church
that is known for picketing funerals
gay victims of murder, gay-bashing
or people who have died from complications
relating to AIDS Westboro continued The group bases its work around the belief expressed by its best
known slogan and the address of its primary Web site, God Hates
Fags, asserting that every tragedy in the world is linked to
homosexuality—specifically society's increasing tolerance and
acceptance of the so-called homosexual agenda. An extremist mindset by: Kayla Lintz, Michael Alomar, John N An Issue of Rights and Morality Response to westboro Let them rest in peace act is a bill introduced in the state of Illonois that prohibited Westboro or any other protesters from protesting soldiers funerals
A federal law has been introduced called the respect for Americ'as fallen hero's act that prohibited protesters from getting 300 feet from a funeral
Violating the respect America's fallen heroe's act for a first offense is up to 1 year in prison and a 100,000$ fine. Stuart Matis And The Mormon Church Stuart Matis come out his family about his homosexuality. A year later, after being instructed by the church therapist to suppress his sexuality and to undergo "reparative therapy" to become heterosexual, Matis was experiencing depression. He found little comfort in Mormon doctrine. He was frustrated by the church's efforts to pass Proposition 22. This was a reminder of his failure to find acceptance as a Mormon and gay man. He wrote a letter to his family, his church and friends as to why he could no longer continue to live and shot himself the next morning. Stuart Matis Continued.. At age 7, Matis had a secret, he was attrated to boys. Being Mormon made it easy for him to hide his sexuality, but as he grew older, it became harder to keep his feelings hidden. He enrolled at Brigham Young University in Utah and spent hours looking for a technique for becoming straight. After some time, he became depressed and desperate, and for the first time concluded that the church might be wrong. he thought about leaving. Stuart Matis Continued... Matis approached his local bishop and confessed about being gay and thought about killing himself. The local bishop pleaed with Matis for several months saying "If its a choice between life and church, to choose his life."