In the June 25th issue of the Religious News Service, an article was published regarding how people that are bi-sexual could be ministered to. The article states “ Acceptance of gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex married couples is growing in faith communities across the United States, but faith leaders have long been on their own to understand and welcome bisexual people—until now”. The answer is purportedly to be found in a guide book published by the Religious Institute, an organization based in Westport, Connecticut.
There is no doubt that the same sex marriage battle is slowly but surely being won by its supporters. Just in the last few days the bans in Utah and Indiana have been struck down by the judiciary in those states. In Utah, the ban was struck down by a federal court, paving the way for a hearing in the US Supreme Court.
These latest developments have brought two questions to mind. The first and what would seem to be the most obvious is how does one know that a person is gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, bi-curious, interested, seeking, or just plain lonely?
The second question is involves the rights of the individual states and its people. Many of the more conservative states have gone as far as to vote for amendments in their state constitutions that include outright bans on gay marriage, or language that makes it illegal to recognize gay marriages from other states in which it is legal including our own state of Tennessee.
Once the people have spoken, does the federal government have the power or authority to say that what they have agreed is best for them as a state is not valid? It would seem that this has been the case for a number of years now.
History may be in the process of repeating itself. Was there not a war fought in this country over a similar issue? Not the issue of who marries whom, but the issue of the federal government imposing its will on the citizens of the individual states.
We are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year, and eerily some of the same issues that caused that war are once again rising up. Was that war fought simply so that slavery could be maintained in the South, or was it because many found the federal government to be overbearing in its treatment of the individual states?
Are we primed for another civil war?