Equal Rights before the Law

Rainbow flag. Symbol of gay pride.
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The good Dr. Cargill has posted his stance. The good Dr. West has posted his. The good Dr. McGrath may have won the internet today. You know my feelings on gay marriage. It is not in the purview of the legal system to decide such things. Further, in a system of non-discriminatory laws, we must allow for the same ability to exercise consent to one adult as we do to other adults. As Americans, we are assured of this reality, although it takes us time to realize it.

The AP has the full audio of today’s hearings:

In one of two cases this week challenging laws against same-sex unions, the high court heard arguments for and against a California measure that limits marriage to a man and a woman. Several justices raised doubts that the case was properly before them, suggesting they could dismiss it without any ruling.

Remember, a court of law does not decide the morality but the legality of the case. You steal a piece of bread to save your starving child, you have committed a crime, although the act may be judged moral.

I am for equal rights under the law.

Also, I am for banning pseudo-intellectuals from the internet, beginning with the criminal on the run in South Korea.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “Equal Rights before the Law

  1. do you have ‘equal right’ to marry your daughter, your mother, your brother? the question is not about ‘equal rights,’ it is a question of what is marriage. many on the internet, those you’ve mentioned, want to harmonize christian teaching with worldly popularity. that has never been a great idea.

    1. everything is christian teaching. You know, like when it was okay to have slaves, or when it was okay to beat your wives, or when it was okay to deny interracial marriages.

      This is called equal before the law.

      Consent is always required.

  2. Joan’s point is sound, though, whatever side one takes. “Marriage equality” is a phrase that inherently begs the question, which does neither side any favours, just blocks discussion.

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