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Movement toward same-sex marriage (SSM), LGBT equality etc.

2015-MAY: Part 2: Changes in the U.S.
involving same-sex marriage, LGBT equality, etc.
Michigan anti-SSM billboards (Cont'd).
People of Ireland pass SSM referendum.
Looking at the impact that Holland,
the first country to legalize SSM, has had.
Greenland is ~22nd country to legalize SSMs
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We use the acronym "SSM" to represent "same-sex marriage."
"LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.

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This topic is continued from the previous essay which covered events earlier in May.

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Activity during 2015-JUN (Cont'd):

2015-MAY-08: 2015-MAY-08: Anti-SSM billboards (Cont'd):

On the billboard, beside the message are two faces: one is of a white person and is labeled "Born White." The other is a face overlaid by the colors of the rainbow flag which is a symbol of the LGBT community. It is labeled "Not born this way." Also referred to are two passages from the Bible:

  • Genesis 2:24: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

  • Matthew 19:5: "And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?" 1

Both passages refer to a marriage of one woman and one man. This was one of the types of sexually based relationships allowed in Judea at the time. The others were:

  • The marriage of one man to multiple women.

  • One man owning one or more slaves who were used sexually, generally in an act of rape; that is, without the consent of the slave.

  • A man possessing one or more concubines. These are women who live with a man but who do not have the status of a wife.

Just as these passages do not comment on polygamous marriages, slavery, and concubinage, they have nothing to say about same-sex marriages.

The RestrainTheJudges.com web site which is owned by the sponsor of the billboards, states that:

"In order to prevent the Roe v. Wade of Marriage, we must act now. The issue is urgent, and time is short."

The web site has written a restraining order which they will send on behalf of a visitor to their site to Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, congressional leaders, and/or members of Congress -- for a fee. It states:

"We the people of the United States affirm our right to self-governance and hereby issue a Restraining Order to the United States Supreme Court and our Federal Courts who would attempt to further usurp: The sovereign vote of the American People. Our State Constitutions. The sacred institution of marriage between one man and one woman. Our Constitutionally protected First Amendment rights." 1

Sending a personal restraining order to Justices of the Supreme Court may have unpredictable and quite possibly negative results.

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2015-MAY-22: The people of Ireland approve same-sex marriage by a significant majority:

The Constitution of Ireland defines marriage as the union of one woman and one man. Although all the political parties on the country have wanted -- with various degrees of enthusiasm --to allow same-sex couples to marry, it is beyond the government's authority to alter the Constitution. That can only be done by the Irish voters in a special plebiscite.

As the date of the plebiscite approached public opinion polls indicated that 70% or more of the voters favored marriage equality. LGBT organizations and civil rights supporters campaigned on the basis of same-sex couples being able to enjoy basic human rights equal to opposite-sex couples.

Religious and social conservatives campaigned on the basis of conservative Christian tradition values. Their primary slogan was the emotional appeal that every child deserves a mother and a father.

The Guardian reported at about 3 PM local time that:

"Irish voters have decisively voted in favour of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. Only one of the 43 constituencies voted against the proposal – Roscommon-South Leitrim – while the yes vote exceeded 70% in many parts of Dublin. The No campaigners have paid tribute to their opponents, and the archbishop of Dublin has said the result should be a wake-up call for the Catholic church in Ireland."

By 4:30 PM the final vote count was completed. The Inquisitr.com web site reported that the final tally was:

"1,201,607 [Yes] votes to 734,300 [No]. That’s 62.1 per cent yes to 37.9 per cent no – with a total turnout of 60.5 per cent. ... This historic referendum puts Ireland with 20 other countries that have legalized same sex marriage.

Same-sex couples will not be able to marry right away. The results of the referendum must first be approved by the Government.More details.

This leaves only Northern Ireland, Australia, and 13 states/5 territories in the U.S. as the only large predominately English speaking areas in the world with a ban on same-sex marriage.

In Northern Ireland, a couple has gone to England, married there, returned to Northern Ireland and asked the Family Court to recognize their marriage as valid. If they are successful, then a flood to same-sex couples will follow. If unsuccessful, they will probably appeal to a higher court.

In Australia, there appear to be sufficient votes in the Senate to pass a marriage equality bill. The current count in the House is a few votes short. However, the public support for same-sex marriage is high and rising.

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2015: A look backwards over a more than a decade in the Netherlands:

On 2001-APR-01, same-sex couples in the Netherlands were the first such couples in the world to be able to marry. Marriage equality has been attained by another 20 countries since.

Father Richard Welch was at the time the president of Human Life International (HLI) He predicted that marriage equality would:

"... drive the Western European countries and their people to self-destruction. ... Fringe liberal movements...have been extraordinarily diligent and patient in their attempts to destroy faith and the family. They begin by promoting sexual freedom through a contraceptive mentality and a false promise of greater personal fulfillment and happiness. From there inevitably comes acceptance of abortion and the treatment of unborn life as subservient to pleasure and convenience. The next step -- the one the EU resolution is promulgating now -- is the end of marriage and the legitimizing of perverse sexual unions of every type. Finally, as all of this is contrary to God and His commandments, faith dies."

His prediction that "faith dies" has come partly true. However, it is probably mostly due to a wave of secularism affecting most industrially developed countries of the world.

During the following nine years, the divorce rate among opposite-sex couples was about 42%. But of the approximately 15,000 same-sex couples who married, only about 7% divorced. It would appear that same-sex couples brought a degree of stability to the institution of marriage in the Netherlands. More details.

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2015-MAY-29: Greenland's Parliament legalized same-sex marriage:

One week after a country-wide referendum in Ireland approved of marriage equality, the Government of Greenland unanimously approved a bill to do the same.

Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but its Parliament has been given autonomy over local legislation since 1979.

Marriage equality was supported by many members of the Lutheran church, which is the dominant religion in Greenland and Denmark.

The bill was unanimously approved with a vote of 27 members in favor, none opposed, and two absent members. That is a world first!

The new law will go into effect on Thursday, 2015-OCT-01. On that date, the Registered Partnership law will be repealed. Same-sex couples will be able to initiate an application for joint adoption starting at that date.

This makes Greenland approximately the 22nd country to attain marriage equality. More details.

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Developments during 2015-JUN are in the next essay

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References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. Tresa Baldas, "Anti-gay marriage billboards turn heads," Detroit Free Press, 2015-MAY-08, at: http://www.freep.com/

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Copyright © 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2015-JUN-08
Latest update: 2015-JUN-08
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