Thursday, December 11, 2008

Marriage, Bible-style

This week Jon Stewart had Mike Huckabee on his show this week. The two men devoted an entire segment of a two-part interview to a debate over gay marriage. Huckabee's key point during the debate was that people should have "the right to live any way they want to" but that marriage is about men and women, basically making babies. Huckabee argued:
"Anatomically, let's face it, the only way we can create the next generation is with male-female relationships."

I have never understood why straight couples are going to stop having babies if we allow Gay and Lesbians to enter a legally recognized relationship. You can watch the debate here:

Next time you hear somebody bring up the Marriage as defined by the bible I would like you to remember this. Huckabee tried to claim that 5000 years of marriage has been man and woman. Stewart points out that this is a crap argument.

Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos passes along a comment about what the law would say if we had traditional Biblical marriages like the Mormons and their buddies on the far-right are demanding:

A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)

B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

F. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he
refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)G. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)

This was a comment from an excellent post by jem6x on Newsweek's great cover story on the Bible and gay marriage. Go check it out.

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