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The California Supreme Court – Does Their Ruling Matter?

Scott on May 15, 2008 at 11:43 am

The California State Supreme Court announced their ruling today that a state ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The court’s ruling includes this statement:

“In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.”

For the moment, I would like to present the following – Putting aside the fact that I disagree with the court and its ruling, I wonder if it really matters. I know that within the next few hours loud voices will begin to cry out against the ruling and will begin to prognosticate about the further decline and eventual demise of the U.S. because of its slide towards embracing immorality. Shortly, people like Pat Robertson and Fred Phelps will begin to predict earthquakes and tsunamis aimed at wiping California off the map (or at least getting rid of San Francisco).

But does the definition of legal marriage matter in the long run? The Bible certainly discusses marriage between a man and a women, but it doesn’t discuss the proper forum for establishing a marriage before God. Does it matter if two gay men get to call themselves “husband and husband” and get to list their status as “married” on various employment related paperwork? If God does not honor the relationship between two men or two women as being “valid,” should it matter what label that relationship is given in the world?

Just thinking out loud.

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