Harrison Dear brothers, In the face of another radical cultural shift — a denial of God and His creation, a rejection of Christ, the Ten Commandments and God-given natural law Romans 1 — a great Lutheran responded with truths that are also true for our times: The lie is the death of man, his temporal and his eternal death. The lie kills nations.
Along with New Zealand, Australia became the second country in the Asia-Pacific region to to make same-sex marriage legal.
Germany On June 30,Germany became the 15th European country to enact legislation allowing same-sex couples to wed. Colombia On April 28,Colombia became the fourth country in Catholic-majority South America to legalize same-sex marriage, following Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
United States Eleven years after same-sex marriage was first made legal in Massachusetts, the U. Before the ruling, 36 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage. See a timeline highlighting changes in state policies from Ireland On May 22,Catholic-majority Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular referendum.
Finland Same-sex marriage will become legal in Finland starting in Finland becomes the last of the five Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage, joining Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
In addition to allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, the legislation sets the legal age of marriage at 18 and eliminates the existing requirement that couples who want to marry must first submit to a medical exam.
Scotland On Feb.
In addition to allowing same-sex couples to wed, the measure gives churches and other religious groups the option of deciding whether or not they want to conduct such marriages.
The two largest churches in Scotland — the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church — oppose same-sex marriage and lobbied against the bill. The law took effect and same-sex couples began marrying in Scotland in December The day before, the measure had won final passage in the British Parliament after months of debate.
The law only applies to England and Wales because Scotland and Northern Ireland are semi-autonomous and have separate legislative bodies to decide many domestic issues, including the definition of marriage. The new law in England and Wales, which was a priority for British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron, allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry beginning March 29, However, the law prohibits same-sex weddings within the Church of England, which continues to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
France On May 18, French President Francois Hollande signed into law a measure legalizing same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to grant gays and lesbians the right to wed. True to their campaign promises, Hollande and the Socialists have pushed through a law that not only legalizes same-sex marriage but also gives gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children—a provision that has drawn especially strong criticism from French Catholic leaders.
While recent polls show that a majority of French adults support the law, opposition to the change has been intense. Since the beginning ofseveral anti-gay marriage protests with occasionally volatile crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands have taken place in Paris and elsewhere.
New Zealand On April 17, the New Zealand Parliament gave final approval to a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage, making the Pacific island nation the 13th country in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to allow gays and lesbians to wed. The law took effect in August InNew Zealand enacted legislation allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.
The measure not only legalizes same-sex marriage but also allows for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. Civil unions have been permitted in Uruguay sinceand gay and lesbian couples were given adoption rights in Uruguay is among the most secular countries in Latin America.
A Pew Research Center study on the global religious landscape as of found that roughly four-in-ten Uruguayans are unaffiliated with a particular religion.
About 58 percent of Uruguayans are Christian; in the Latin America-Caribbean region as a whole, 90 percent of the population is Christian. The measure was enacted into law a few days later when Queen Margrethe II gave her royal assent to the bill. InDenmark became the first country to allow same-sex couples to register as domestic partners.
And inthe country enacted a law allowing gay couples in registered partnerships the right to adopt children. With the legalization of gay marriage, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark which is the state churchis required to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches.
In addition, the law leaves it up to other religious groups to determine whether or not to allow same-sex weddings in its churches. Argentina In JulyArgentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. In spite of vigorous opposition from the Catholic Church and evangelical Protestant churches, the measure passed both houses of the Argentine legislature and was signed into law by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
The law grants same-sex couples who marry all the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children. Portugal In JunePortugal became the eighth country to legalize same-sex marriage.
Its parliament had passed the measure legalizing gay marriage earlier in In Aprilthe Constitutional Court declared the law to be constitutionally valid. It was signed by Silva in May of that year and took effect one month later.
Iceland A measure legalizing same-sex marriage passed the Icelandic legislature in June The future of same-sex marriage. At the turn of the 21st century it was clear that the evolution of rights for same-sex couples depended to a great extent upon the interplay of a country’s institutional forces.
In just a few weeks, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of same-sex marriage in America and roll out the implications of that ruling for individual states. I expect the ruling to create an alleged constitutional right to same-sex marriage, contrary to God’s created orders, natural law and the inerrant Scriptures.
Latest Development: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, thereby requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Background and History: State legislatures, voters and more recently the courts have made sweeping changes over the past two.
Aug 07, · The institution of marriage is unique. It is the one institution that binds women and men together to form a family, and this serves broad societal purposes. H ey, guess what?
I got married two weeks ago. And like most people, I asked some of the older and wiser folks around me for a couple quick words of relationship advice from their own marriages to make sure my wife and I didn’t shit the (same) bed.
May 10, · By publicly endorsing same-sex marriage in a television interview, the president took a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.