The Supreme Court of the United States, has now addressed two major cases involving same sex marriage, striking down DOMA, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to respond to California’s Proposition 8, thus allowing the lower court’s action to stand, in striking it down .
DOMA was signed by Bill Clinton and enthusiastically endorsed by numerous legislators who have now turned against it. That’s called political expediency, putting your dampened finger to the wind, pretending to have convictions for the sake of votes. Prop 8 was the surprising action by California voters to return to traditional understanding of marriage, struck down by California courts as discriminatory. No surprise here, this was expected. American attitudes have changed, the way people think is not as it once was, no matter how we feel about it. Same Sex marriage is on the march and has picked up speed.
How should I feel? Depressed? Hopeless? Absolutely Not! In the immediate aftermath of such major decisions, we need to reflect carefully and prayerfully and celebrate that the Gospel of Jesus Christ offers hope to all. I’ll have more to say in time. But for now, I commend to you the excellent post by Russell Moore, dean of Southern Baptist Seminary, How Should Same-Sex marriage Change the Church’s Witness?