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Quotations:

bullet Episcopal Bishop John Spong: "I regard the blessing of gay or lesbian couples by the church to be inevitable, right, and a positive good."
bullet Human Life International press release: "Homosexual marriage is an insult to the sacrament of marriage and the family. It reduces marriage to nothing more than a series of legal benefits - it robs it of its meaning and its sanctity. We have an obligation to protect children and families and discourage immoral and destructive behavior." 2

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Topics covered in this section about same-sex marriage (SSM):

bullet Part 1: Introduction:
bullet What the Bible says about SSM,
bullet Lifestyle options available to gays and lesbians,
bullet How religious liberals interpret the Bible
 
bullet Part 2: Background material from:
bullet The book of Genesis,
bullet The rest of the Bible,
bullet Science
 
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Part 3: Evaluation of lifestyle options:
  1. Celibacy
  2. Sexually active single
  3. Committed relationship
     
bullet Part 4: Finale:
bullet Conclusions
bullet Critique of the liberal analysis:

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References used in this section:

  1. John Spong, "Living in Sin: A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality," Harper San Francisco, (1990). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
  2. "HLI: Homosexual marriage to become Netherlands' next failed social experiment," Press release from Human Life International. Online at: http://gaylesissues.about.com/newsissues
  3. "Concubine," Smith's Bible Dictionary, at: http://www.studylight.org/dic/sbd/view.cgi?number=T1055
  4. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) has a home page at: http://www.narth.com/ As of 2001-JUL, NARTH can be reached at: 16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1340, Encino, CA 91436-1801. Phone: (818) 789-4440. Fax: (805) 373-5084
  5. "Fornication," The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, at: http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?db=*&term=fornications
  6. "Fornication," at: http://freedom2201.tripod.com/fornication.htm
  7. Fornication," Easton's Bible Dictionary, at: http://www.studylight.org/dic/ebd/view.cgi?number=T1376
  8. John Spong, "Living in Sin: A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality," Harper San Francisco, (1990). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
  9. "HLI: Homosexual marriage to become Netherlands' next failed social experiment," Press release from Human Life International. Online at: http://gaylesissues.about.com/newsissues 

Copyright © 2001 & 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-JUL-1
Latest update: 2002-MAY-4
Author: B.A. Robinson

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