Looking For a Secular Florida Umbrella School?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Reason for the Season?

Thinking Parents want to know how the recent votes to ban gay marriage fit with our holiday traditions and ideas of family.

Quite simply, they don't. The end-of-the-year holidays are a time to celebrate thankfulness and love. For friends, for family, for the blessings we have, for those who make sacrifices on our behalf. Hate just doesn't fit in there. Penalizing someone for their choice of a loved one and actively setting out to deny them the same rights as any other is mean-spirited, uncharitable, hypocritical, certainly not in keeping with the message of Christianity's eponymous Reason for the Season.

John 13:34
John 13:35
John 15:12
John 15:17

Love one another. Everyone. Not just the ones in your churches. Not just the ones you like. Not just the ones whose behavior you approve of.

Matthew 5:44
Luke 6:27
Luke 6:35

Love your enemies.

Our dining room table easily seats ten. There are only five of us. We've always got room for more.

This week the Australian Parliament made changes to nearly 100 Commonwealth laws to remove discrimination against same-sex couples. The changes cover areas like retirement benefits, health, employment entitlements, and aged care. The Marriage Act of 1961, redefined in 2004 to explicitly define marriage as being between a man and a woman, still holds, however, de facto couples, couples living together without being married, have the same legal rights as married couples. All states and territories now recognize cohabitating same-sex couples as having all the rights of opposite-sex de factos. It's a nice little work-around. And something else to be thankful for.

No comments: