The December 15th edition of Newsweek, released to newsstands this past weekend, features a cover story examining the relationship between marriage for gay and lesbian couples and the Bible.
Written by Lisa Miller, the article deconstructs interpretations of religious positions and Bible passages on marriage, revealing a clear detachment from the present-day idea of "traditional marriage" used by some anti-gay movements.
A key tactic in the campaign for the passage of Proposition 8 in California last month, which took away the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry, was to advocate for the protection of a religiously based institution of marriage, therefore wrongfully positing the gay community against the religious community. The Newsweek article debunks this present-day interpretation of marriage, explaining that oftentimes the original context or meaning of passages has become convoluted and misconstrued with the passage of time.
The article concludes by suggesting that the larger ideas promoted in the Bible, such as love and acceptance, be given higher regard than stand-alone passages. The author states that this would prove to promote an acceptance of marriage for gay and lesbian couples:
The practice of inclusion, even in defiance of social convention, the reaching out to outcasts, the emphasis on togetherness and community over and against chaos, depravity, indifference-all these biblical values argue for gay marriage.
Most importantly, the article is demonstrative of the growing support for the LGBT community coming from religious institutions.
For example, it was recently announced by the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles that church leaders can bless the unions of gay and lesbian couples. While many Episcopal churches in Southern California have been blessing the unions of gay and lesbian couples for years, such blessing will now be officially recognized by the diocese.