Bishop Alan: Allowing gay people to marry enriches the public understanding of marriage

by Richard on March 28, 2014

From Pink News

Marriage has survived and flourished down the ages by reinventing itself, but its strength in every generation comes from fulfilling and expressing the way we are created. Allowing gay people to marry enriches and expands the public understanding of marriage. It emphasise its core meaning as a partnership of equals. Over the past fifty years, an increasing number of people have been cagey about entering marriage because of all the baggage it seemed to carry of inequality, patriarchy and control. Allowing gay people to marry restores its public identity as a friendship of equals. It focuses on relationships rather than sex. There is actually a strong Christian tradition, including figures who may surprise some, like St Augustine and John Milton, that says what most makes marriage sacred is its stability and permanence as covenanted friendship, not sexual behaviour.

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jwlung 03.29.14 at 12:37 am

Relationship, friendship, all well and good. It is the complementarity and polarity of male and female that is the dance of the relationship, intended to awaken creation to Christ and His bride, the Church. That a “bishop,” so-called doesn’t see this is pitiful.

A very sad comment on the ersatz paganism that permeates the theology of many of our bishops.

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Richard 03.29.14 at 10:03 am

It is the complementarity and polarity of male and female that is the dance of the relationship, intended to awaken creation to Christ and His bride, the Church.

It’s a point of view, but not one that strikes me as obvious. Clutching at straws?

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