Same Sex Marriage There Are Essay

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Well, if the Bible is the word of God…why would you expect a Christian pastor to believe anything else?" (ABC News). He was reminded that candidate Barack Obama told him prior to the election that he (Obama) opposed same sex marriage. The ABC interviewer (Jake Tapper) asked Warren if he is concerned that Obama might change his position. "I can't control what other people believe. I just know what the Bible says," he answered.

In author David E. Newton's book, Same-Sex Marriage: A Reference Handbook, the author points out that while many who oppose same-sex marriage based on the Bible, there are references in the Bible that mention "other types of marriage" (Newton, 2010, 35). Of the eight types of marriage, this paper will mention several. Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29: 1030); Esau had three wives in the Bible, Adah, Aholibamah, and Bashemath (Genesis 36: 2-3). In Genesis 16: 2-3, the marriage between a man, his legal wife, and a slave was sanctioned. In fact, according to Newton, Jesus said "very little or nothing about marriage, and nothing at all about same-sex relationships" (Newton, 36).

In conclusion, there are strong arguments to be made for and against same-sex marriage, but above all, those on opposite sides of the issue hopefully will remain civil and rational in this ongoing American issue. Those opposed certainly have a right to make their case, as to those in favor of same sex marriage. Because children are watching and listening to what adults have to say on the issue, it behooves all who are making statements to be fair and open to others' views.

Works Cited

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ABC-CLIO Books.

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Works Cited

Barbaro, Michael. (2011). Bloomberg States Case, Emphatically and Personally, for Same-Sex

Marriage. The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2012, from http://www.nytimes.com.

Newton, David E. (2010). Same-Sex Marriage: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA:

ABC-CLIO Books.

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