It looks more and more like the Supreme Court is going to take up the question of homosexual marriage and more and more like they’ll probably find that it’s okay. It seems that the justices don’t even know what the basis of marriage is, based on this article from March of 2014.
Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who along with Kagan and Sotomayor are the court’s liberal wing, were also skeptical of the idea that marriage exists to encourage couples to have children. Infertile couples are allowed to marry, they noted, as are convicted felons with no chance of parole.
“I mean, there are lots of people who get married who can’t have children,” Breyer said.
Is the ability to have children a requirement for marriage? I don’t think anyone would ever say so. But, is it assumed that most people who marry at a younger age will have children? Yes, of course it is. That older adults, or those who are unable, don’t have children in no way undermines the original purposes of marriage. Marriage allows us to have and raise legitimate children, as opposed to those who are illegitimate, born outside of marriage, the result of adultery or fornication. According to the Bible, sex and children are the only things you can do as married, that you couldn’t do before (legally, in God’s sight) as unmarried.
That no one has brought up the idea of morality or legitimacy as reasons to bar gay marriage is something of a surprise. As far as I can tell, it’s the only basis by which gay marriage fails. And it seems that lawyers and justices would really be concerned with things like legitimacy. But, then again, why should they care if no one else does and no one brings it up?
Here you have a breakdown in the understanding of basic concepts of law and language as exhibited by our Supreme Court. If these are the sorts of questions being asked, then we are in big trouble, and have been for some time already. This is the fruit of almost 100 years of liberalism in our churches and what happens when we attempt to redefine what God has already defined.
The Book of Common Prayer dealt with the reasons for marriage 500 years ago – see them here.