The next Anglican controversy?

Anglican schismIt has already appeared on Kendall Harmon’s blog, TitusOneNine. Those guys are uncanny at sniffing out controversies before they’re, well, controversial. The next big one is already brewing. Of course, I am speaking of the impending wedding of an 85-year-old first time bride to a man several years older. Predictably enough, this shocking wedding is to take place in an Episcopal Church. Figures. Surprisingly, the comments are NOT piling up over at T19. You’d think that place would be hopping mad right now.

You see, the argument most often made against same-sex marriage is that it is something other than the model of marriage as set forth in Genesis (where, one should note, there was no wedding ceremony). Natural law proponents will talk about marriages as existing only for the procreation of children. Here’s a news flash: people in their 80s will not be having children, at least not without divine intervention. Genesis does not say that Adam & Eve were not in their 80s. So why isn’t the right-wing fringe outraged at this? Why is this “non-biblical” wedding “wonderful”?

Well, for that you’d have to ask folks on the right. I will not guess. However, it seems to me that the chief reason for these two octogenarians to marry one another is “for their mutual joy”. Should that not apply also to others?

The arguments for and against same-sex marriage are well worn. I won’t rehash them here. All I note is that it’s ironic for folks to celebrate one marriage that would seem to fall outside “natural law” whilst condemning others for the same thing.

By the way, I congratulate the folks in Hamden, CT on their wedding. May they enjoy many years of happy marriage together. May the rest of us see their joy as a sign of God’s grace. Perhaps one day soon, the whole church will recognize that same grace is also at work in same-sex marriages.

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4 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    You would think these people would have congregations to tend to instead of thinking up conspiracy theories as to the demise of the Communion and/or the Episcopal Church. I say to them, get a life and be quick about it; tend to your own flocks alleged shepherds.

  2. Scott Gunn says:

    Catherine, in fairness, most people who are opposed to same-sex marriage are people of good faith whose reading of Holy Scripture differs from, say, mine. Just as most proponents of same-sex marriage are not merely secular rights campaigners out to impose the values of wider society on the church. Instead, we are people of good faith who believe the church is called to do this.

    But, as you say, there are the nutjob conspiracy theorists. With them I find it difficult to sympathize.

  3. Scott Garver says:

    I always chuckle when conservative Christians argue against gay marriage saying the heterosexual union was ordained by God solely and specifically for the purpose of procreation.

    Following that argument to its only logical conclusion would be to advocate the marriage of a menstruating female no matter her age to a sperm producing male, whatever his age.

    A 12 year old girl marrying a 60 year old man is ordained by God, as is a 12 year old girl and, perhaps, a 12 year old boy.( pubescent cases at this young age, and even younger, do exist.) This would also make civil age of consent laws as evil and non-biblical as, say, abortion laws or gay marriage rights.

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