The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that all 50 states must now recognize same sex marriages. Many religious organizations are out raged. Some religious people see this as a loss for their side. I don’t want to debate the morality of these unions. My personal believe is that a sin is a sin. Mankind is naturally sinful and everyone struggles with their own sins on a day to day basis. No one is good enough to get to heaven on their own.
As my church points out “it’s easy to hate people that sin differently than you.” There is a long list of sins mentioned throughout the bible. The cardinal sins are: wrath (quick to anger), greed (love of money), sloth (laziness), arrogance (pride), lust (sexual sins), coveting (envy), and gluttony (over eating). My personal belief is that if a person watches pornography they are in as much danger of hell as a homosexual because, both actions are a display of lust. Yet, Christians tend to only forgive the prior while condemning the latter. I’m not perfect, and I won’t claim to be sin free. I have struggles just like everyone else.
The ruling on same sex marriage came down to upholding the 14th amendment which states that all citizens deserve equal protection under the law. Before this law was passed, states decided if they would recognize same sex unions. Being married offers benefits and protection under the law. For instance, you have to be married in Arizona to be on the same health insurance. Married people are allowed tax deductions. Also, car insurance companies provide a discount to married couples. Prior to passing this law, if the state didn’t recognize your marriage, spouses had no legal rights to inheritance, child custody, or assumed advanced directives. This law allows legal protection to all couples. If people want to get upset over the sanctity of marriage they should be outraged over all of the straight couples that abuse their privilege to marry. Many celebrities have married for publicity and quickly divorced. The most famous example is Kim Kardashian, married 72 days. I’m more threatened by her views and practices than I ever would be from a loving homosexual couple. Even the Pope states that, we have no right to judge the sins of another. Yesterday was a historic day in this country and I believe the ruling was a civil rights issue, not a religious one.