Does anyone really have the right to decide on decisions which will have no effect on their lives what so ever? Same sex marriages for years has been such a controversial issue, but need it be so controversial nor an issue? The recent debate for the legislation of marriage rocked those of faith. For them you need not read the whole Bible to understand that marriage is for man and women. Genesis 2 verse 22-24 says “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman for she was taken out of man” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh” The church of England and many Christians were firmly opposed to the same sex bill, their reasons being that marriage in front of God is sacred, a moment to be cherished by a man and a woman showing their love.
But does love not come in many shapes and sizes as many of us say? Is God not supposed to love us all? A famous quote said by many is that “Even if you are not part of the crime, being a witness and not acting makes you just as bad as the criminal” Does this mean that if God truly does love us all he is just as bad as those same sex couples? That is something we may never know. One thing we do know was said for us by Nick Herbert a member of the conservative party on the 3rd of February 2013, a discussion held in the House Of Commons. During this discussion Nick Herbert pointed out that marriage is in decline, yet one group wishes to move towards it (same sex couples). A petition of 650,000 people was made against same sex couple marriages, but how can those who claim to be heterosexual be strongly against something which they no longer appreciate? Between 50 to 60 percent of marriages begin with couples cohabiting, 67 percent of couples who actually marry end up divorcing. Corinthian 1 verse 7-39 says “To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband” So what makes it right for those heterosexual couples to be able to sin according to the Bible yet those who wish to commit to what they cannot are unable to do so.
Nick Herbert went so far as to crack joke stating that, would the marriage of heterosexual couples be under threat due to the legalisation of marriage? Imagine husbands and wives telling each other “Darling our marriage is over, sir Elton John has just gotten engaged to David Fernich” We all have religious freedom but is it not supposed to be that religious matters cannot be brought into political matters. One of the many arguments made against the legalisation of same sex marriages was that re-editing the constitution would mean re-editing it for every single matter brought to parliament.
However Nick Herbert pointed out that in 1836 the civil partnership act was brought into place, before 1949 under 16’s were able to get married, 1969 the divorce law was brought into place. All these laws were opposed at first yet eventually they were allowed, what made this one so different? Yes this matter has been settled, but yet the debate goes on so I ask you reader…who are YOU to decide?