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With the recent Supreme Court decision about the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 in California, a lot of Christians have voiced their opposition to the ruling. While they have the right to voice their opinion on the matter, to do so with the bible really makes no sense. One such opinion published in Yahoo News on a piece titled “A Christian Pastor’s Thoughts On The Prop 8 Decision” by D.L. Teamor. Teamor recognized that gay marriage does not really affect his life, but he rejects gay marriage because the “word of God is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

The problem with that way of thinking is that if you believe that the bible is the word of God, and you also think that the God's word is the same yesterday, today and forever that has several implications attached to it. I know it sounds great when you seem consistent about something especially when they are your core beliefs, but in this case the pastor may want to think a bit more about that statement. To say that the bible is God's word and all of it is therefore true means that you are endorsing many things that in today’s society would simply be considered immoral.

The bible for example says that a rape victim should marry the rapist because he dishonored her according to Deuteronomy 22:28-29. In the same book if a rape victim does not cry for help she should be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). According to Exodus 22:17 witches should be killed; that is one of the verses used to justify the inquisition. Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty for homosexuals and in Exodus 22:19 the same penalty is given to followers of other religions.

Of course those are all in the Old Testament, but those are also all in the bible which most Christians consider the word of god. If the word was true then and it will be forever then those verses should still be true today. Would you think that it is a good idea to propose the death penalty for someone who works on the Sabbath as ordered in Exodus 31:12-15? Most Christians no longer believe those things, and one of the reasons they give is that Jesus changed a lot of the rules in the Old Testament, but he never mentioned gay marriage; he also never mentioned shrimp, but somewhere along the line we decided that was ok.

Of course the main reason not to use the bible as a reason to be against gay marriage as defined by law is that the constitution does not allow religion in the government. Recently Governor Rick Perry of Texas said that freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion. The Constitution of course shows that he is wrong. The first amendment of the constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” That means that you have the right to your religious views, but the government should not endorse a religion. That is not a swipe at religion; it is protection of religion. Imagine for a second that the government endorsed a religion other than yours and you will know how important it is to have separation of church and state. The US Constitution makes any argument against gay marriage from a religious point of view not strong at all.