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Now that it's been Legal for a Year now, Does the LGBTQummunity Really Want Marriage?
America: The New Sodom and Gomorrah
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5–4 decision that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to grant same-sex marriages and recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states.
This ruling effectively eliminated the States’ ability to make laws regarding marriage, as well as denied the full extent of religious freedom in America (10th and 1st Amendments). Not to mention that it flies in the face of God who established marriage in the beginning of time, as a union between a man and a woman.
Instead of keeping within the Law of the Supreme Being, the Supreme Court, a judicial branch of government, not a legislative branch, has misused and abused its power by interpreting the Constitution to make a legislative decision to make the United States of America the new Sodom and Gomorrah.
Like Sodom and Gomorrah homosexuality is rampant in America. Not only here, but around the world where several countries have approved it as normal behavior, despite the fact that there is no clinical data to suggest that homosexuality is genetic.
Like Sodom and Gomorrah, America has evolved to no restraint against fornication (sex before marriage), adultery (extra-marital sex), promiscuity (rampant sex with reckless disregard to the consequences), homosexuality and pornography; but views them all as normal behavior.
"Corruption demoralizes people trying to live rightly, and tempts all to rationalize behavior." ~ Frank P. Mancuso, Ph.D.
From senators and congressmen, to celebrities and prominent news journalists, to the not so famous, many have "come out" and profess being gay. Actors, singers, musicians and professional athletes have done the same. And America encourages, celebrates and applauds their declaration and lifestyle.
The moral corruption in American society today will ultimately be her demise. It is a sign of the times that world, as we know it, will soon come to an end––as prophesied by Scripture. In fact, the United States is not even mentioned in biblical eschatology.
Before the High Court's Decision
In 2012, just four years before this landmark Supreme Court decision, I wrote an article about this very topic. In it I showed that in 2010, the Human Rights Campaign reported that 29 states had constitutional amendments restricting marriage to one man and one woman, while 12 others have laws "restricting marriage to one man and one woman."
At that time, according to public record, same-sex marriage had been legal in Massachusetts since May 17, 2004; in Connecticut since November 12, 2008; in Iowa since April 27, 2009; in Vermont since September 1, 2009; New Hampshire since January 1, 2010; in Washington, D.C. (though not a state) since March 9, 2010; and in New York since July 24, 2011. And, although Maryland and Rhode Island had not legalized such unions, they recognize gay marriages performed out-of-state.
An interesting coincidence to note is that, across the board, Same-Sex Couples (SSCs) represent only seven percent (7%) of the total LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) population within these states.
Also, in states where marriage had been ruled legal for SSCs, on average only 31% have had a desire to be married from 2004 thru 2010. That means 69% of the LGBTQummunity DID NOT DESIRE MARRIAGE!
After the High Court's Decision
According to an LA Times article, "About 96,000 gay unions have taken place in the U.S. since June , when the nation's highest court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to marry. The figure comes from a new estimate by Gallup, based on more than 277,000 polling interviews the firm conducted over the past year."
While 96,000 gay unions sounds like a lot, collectively it's only 5% more in states that same-sex marriage was not allowed before the Court's decision, and only 7% more in states that did allow it. Why such a small increase, if marriage equality is what they really want?
Moreover, of the 323 MM Americans, 242 MM are adults. Of these adults only 3.8% or 9.2 MM profess to be of the LBGTQummunity. Approximately 780,000 Americans were married to same-sex partners before the high court's decision, according to Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute, who analyzed the Gallup data. That same source reports the number has now risen to about 972,000.
While my gut tells me these numbers are exaggerated, since new Pew Research data suggests that in 2013, there were only 170,000 same-sex marriages in America; and the US Census Bureau admits they over-counted the actually number. Does the LGBTQummunity really want us to believe that in two years same-sex marriages grew from 170,000 to 610,000? Yeah right.
Couple that with the fact that most Americans overwhelmingly overestimate the size of the LGBTQummunity, in the first place. Even if the 972,000 number is accurate, here's what's most telling from it. That represents 10.5% of estimated 9.2 MM LGBT adult American population.
However, if you give the Pew Research and US Census Bureau the benefit of the doubt, if there were 170,000 same-sex marriages before the high court's decision, and 96,000 after their decision, then there are only 266,000 same-sex marriages in the United States almost a full year after it became legal across the country.
That means only 3% of the adult LGBTQummunity are married. If marriage is what they want, why such an astronomically low number? It begs the question posed by the title of this article, "Now that it's legal, does the LGBTQummunity really want marriage? If marriage equality is so vital to what President Obama called their right as "full citizens," then why aren't LGBT citizens marrying in droves?
Same-sex marriage is not about civil rights. It's never been about equal rights. It has always been about their radical attempt at using government muscle to strong-arm our society into accommodating a lifestyle most of us find deeply offensive, contrary to nature, socially destructive, and biblically and morally repugnant.
For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God's household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God's Good News?— 1 Peter 4:17 (NLT)
A Closing Message to Evangelicals
Perhaps the saddest thing that grieves me the most is the fact that more and more Christians in America have grown to accept homosexuality, as a normal lifestyle. According to a new Pew Research study almost all Christian groups, Protestant and Catholic, Black or White, are now more accepting of homosexuality.
How can we as the Body of Christ glorify God while grieving the Holy Spirit at the same time by what we condone, which is against the very Word of God we are to live by?
If you consider yourself a born-again, blood-bought, bible-believing, child of the Living God and follower of Jesus Christ, how dare you celebrate this abomination toward God by saying "Amen" to the high court's decision and posting the rainbow gay flag as your avatar on social media.
Yes we are to accept and embrace anyone into the family of God, just as they are in their brokenness, after they've received Jesus Christ into their lives as Lord and Savior. But we are to then lead them into discipleship and spiritual maturity, and the understanding of God's Word on matters of life. So that they can learn that homosexuality is not approved by God, and should therefore not be condoned by His children.
So in conclusion, I want to share with you 40 questions from Kevin DeYoung. Kevin is senior pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. These are sincere questions that every believer in Jesus Christ that condones homosexuality must consider, and answer, or they must question their own faith.
As Kevin said himself, may these questions serve as "food for thought, I hope. At the very least, something to chew on before swallowing everything the world and Facebook puts on our plate."