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Q&A #155 - Israel and same-sex marriage
by Robert Nguyen Cramer
This BibleTexts website administrator has very much enjoyed questions and insights that have been emailed to him ever since this site was launched in September of 1996. On this page I share with BibleTexts browsers a few of the questions, insights, and responses, so that we all can further learn from and with each other.
Take same sex marriage back to Israel where it came from. Is this what we saved you from Hitler for?
In your email you were trying to make a point, but I am not sure exactly what that was, because I am neither Jewish nor gay. (I have no known Jewish ancestry, and my family has been in America since at least the 1700s. Also I have been married for 28 years, and my wife and I have four wonderful kids.) Yet the historical Jesus of Nazareth and his original men and women disciples were Jewish, and Paul was Jewish. I gratefully acknowledge the Jewish heritage of Christianity.
You mentioned that you saved people from Hitler. Whom did you save, and what were the circumstances? Certainly Hitler persecuted and exterminated not only Jews but also many Christians, gypsies, jazz lovers, and many other groups of innocent people.
You also mentioned that same-sex marriage came from Israel. I am unaware of any same-sex marriage in ancient or modern Israel, though gay couples now apparently have some type of legal rights. An article by Holly Hartman at http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0922609.html states the following:
Countries that issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Belgium (2003) and the Netherlands (since 2001); the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia since 2003, and Quebec, the Yukon, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan since 2004.
Countries that offer a legal status, sometimes known as registered partnership, that confers most or all spousal rights to same-sex couples: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden.
Countries that offer a legal status, sometimes known as unregistered cohabitation, that confers certain spousal rights to same-sex couples (and, in some of these countries, unmarried opposite-sex couples): Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland.
Since the US is not mentioned in the above listings, I assume the article was written in early 2004.
To explore how the Bible and early Christianity addressed both same-sex, as well as heterosexual relationships, see:
I hope you find this response helpful, and I welcome hearing from you again.
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