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Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage

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Many views are held or have been expressed by religious organisations in relation to same-sex marriage. Although the majority of world religions oppose to same-sex marriage, the number of religious denominations that are conducting same-sex marriages have been increasing in recent times.

Religious views on same-sex marriage are closely related to religious views on homosexuality.

Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage to the ambivalent language about homosexuality in Buddhist teachings, there has been no official stance put forth regarding the issue of marriage between members of the same gender.

There is no objection of the Buddha found in the Tipitaka. Buddha was neither supportive nor against marriages between members of the same gender. Also, from the Tipitaka, it is clear that the Buddha acknowledged the difference between hermaphrodites and homosexual practitioners. Hermaphrodites and eunuchs are not allowed to be ordained, but there is no sanction against homosexuality. As for the lay homosexual people, Buddha gave no rule or advice as to whether they should be allowed to marry or not.

Buddha posted himself simply as the one who shows the way. He did not insist that he had any right to enforce on others what they should do. With this principle, the original teachings of the Buddha do Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage cover social ceremonies or rituals. Weddings and marriages of all kinds are regarded as mundane and have no place in Buddhism. On October 11,some religious leaders gave testimony to the Commission on Sexual Orientation and the Law in support of same-gender marriages.

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Robert Aitkenco-founder and teacher of the Honolulu Diamond Sangha, a Zen Buddhist society established Extremist christian views on homosexual marriagewith centers in Manoa and Palolo, gave written testimony on the subject of same-sex marriage.

Aitken explains that by applying the Four Noble Abodes loving kindness, compassion, joy in the attainment of others, and equanimity to the issue of same-sex marriage, he finds compassion for and with the gay or lesbian couple who wish to confirm their love in a legal marriage.

Aitken cites a precept about sex which Zen Buddhists inherit from earlier classical Buddhists teachings. It is one of the sixteen precepts accepted by all Zen Buddhist monks, nuns and seriously committed lay people.

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He understands this to mean that self-centered sexual conduct is inappropriate, and he vows to avoid it. He believes that self-centered sex is exploitive sex, non-consensual sex, sex that harms others. It Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage unwholesome and destructive in a heterosexual as well as in a homosexual context.

He goes on to explain that The Legislative Reference Bureau compiled a formidable list of rights that are extended to married couples in Hawai'i, but which are denied to couples who are gay and lesbian. He argues that gay and lesbian unions would be "settled even more" if they were acknowledged with basic married rights. Aitken says, "A long-standing injustice would be corrected, and the entire gay and lesbian community would feel more accepted.

This would stabilize a significant segment of our society, and we would all of us be better able to acknowledge our diversity. I urge you to advise the Legislature and the people of Hawai'i that legalizing gay and lesbian marriages will be humane and in keeping with perenniel principles of decency and mutual encouragement. Support and affirmation of marriage rights for same-sex couples generally comes from Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage Christian denominations that are considered theologically liberal.

Some biblical scholars who hold to a more theologically liberal Christian view of same-sex marriage, such as representatives of the Metropolitan Community Church, make the claim that the word "homosexual" as found in many modern versions of the Bible is an interpolation and is not found in the original biblical texts. Supporting marriage rights for gays and lesbians reflects their Christ-like commitment to the equality and dignity of all people. Some same-sex married couples have challenged religious organizations that exclude them from access to public facilities maintained by those organizations, such as schools, health care centers, social service agencies, summer camps, homeless shelters, nursing homes, orphanages, retreat houses, community centers, and athletic programs.

Religious arguments for and against marriage rights for same-sex couples are not always evenly divided among theologically conservative religious groups and liberal groups.

While self-identified theological liberal organizations such as the Religious Society of Friends Quakerssupport same-sex marriage, other more conservative and or orthodox organizations including some Mennonite churches, the Church of the Brethrenthe Old Catholic Church[21] and the Church of Sweden [22] also support marriage rights for gay and lesbian persons.

The Episcopal Church as of Denial would come without penalty, but the priest or diocese would have to direct same-sex couples they Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage to another church or priest willing to perform the ceremony. The Metropolitan Community Church 43, members sees its mission being social as well as spiritual by standing up for the rights of minorities, particularly those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

MCC has been a leading force in the development of Queer theology. Notably in Troy Perrythe church's founder, filed the first lawsuit in the U.

Perry lost that lawsuit but launched the debate over same-sex marriage in the U. Today, MCC congregations around the world perform more than same-sex marriage ceremonies annually.

The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission ruled in that same-sex ceremonies are not forbidden, as long as they are not considered to be the same as marriage services. Inthe General Assembly had approved language for the church constitution that stated church teachings were that people were "to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or in chastity in singleness.

Extremist christian views on homosexual marriagethe General Assembly passed an Authoritative Interpretation permitting pastors to sign marriage licences for same-gender couples where permitted by civil law in the states where their church was found, which took immediate effect.

On March 17,ratification by a majority of presbyteries was reached on a constitutional amendment passed by that same General Assembly, which broadened the "Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage" of marriage in the Directory for Worship from only being between "a man and a woman," to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman," thus giving Extremist christian views on homosexual marriage sanction to, while not making it mandatory for, any congregation's pastor to preside over and bless marriage ceremonies for same-gender couples.

The United Church of Christ's General Synodmembers passed a resolution affirming "equal marriage rights for all people regardless of gender" in The church allows but does not require pastors to perform same-sex weddings. The United Church of Canadamembers was active in the campaign that led to legal recognition of same-sex marriages in Canada.

The United Church now allows individual congregations to decide whether or not to perform these marriages. Some Christians support religious and legal recognition of same-sex marriages based on a moral commitment to equality, or a belief that "human sexual orientations, whether heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual, are a gift from God", as affirmed by the United Church of Canada's 37th General Council. Even within the Roman Catholic Church, there can be found a few a groups who support for same-sex marriage.

For example, while the Vatican and most of the Roman Catholic hierarchy oppose same sex marriages, there are a few Catholic theologians who support gay marriages. According to Daniel A. Helminiak[37] the Bible may be interpreted literally or within historical-cultural context. Under a literalist reading, the Bible can be read as condemning homosexuality and, by extension, gay marriage.

Jude condemns sex with angelsnot sex between two men. Not a single Bible text indisputably refers to lesbian sex. And Jesus himself said nothing at all about homosexuality, not even when face to face with a man in a gay relationship. The Bible was written for a world unlike our own.

At the United States Unitarian Universalist General Assemblydelegates voted overwhelmingly that they would perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, and the church has been performing weddings with and without state sanction ever since.

There are both conservative and liberal views about homosexuality and same-sex marriages in Hinduismsimilar to many other religions.

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A liberal view is presented by Mathematician Shakuntala Devi, in her book, The World of Homosexualsin which she interviewed Srinivasa Raghavachariar, head priest of the Srirangam temple. He said that same-sex lovers must have been cross-sex lovers in a former life.

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The sex may change but the soul retains its attachments, hence the love impels these souls towards one another.

People of the Third SexExtremist christian views on homosexual marriage Gaudiya Vaishnava authorities emphasize that since everyone passes through various forms, genders and species in a series of lives, we should not judge each other by the material body but view everyone equally on a spiritual plane, and be compassionate as God is. According to Ruth Vanita, "Indian newspapers, over the last 25 years, have reported several same-sex weddings and same-sex joint suicides, mostly by Hindu female couples in small towns, unconnected to any gay movement.

Several weddings took place by Hindu rites, with some family support, while the suicides resulted from families forcibly separating lovers. The millennia-long debate in Hindu society, somewhat suppressed in the colonial period, has revived. InHinduism Today reporter Rajiv Malik asked several Hindu swamis teachers their opinion of same-sex marriage.

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