Thursday, August 26, 2010

Religious Groups' Official Positions on Same-Sex Marriage - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life – July 27, 2010

In recent years, same-sex marriage has been a contentious subject within many religious groups in the U.S. Here is an overview of where 16 religious groups stand on this issue.

American Baptist Churches USA

In 2005, the governing body of the American Baptist Churches USA affirmed that "God's design for sexual intimacy places it within the context of marriage between one man and one woman" and that "homosexuality is incompatible with Biblical teaching." In 2006, the church's Pacific Southwest regional board (which includes churches in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona) split from the denomination because the denomination’s national leadership declined to penalize congregations that welcomed openly gay members.
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There is no universal Buddhist position on same-sex marriage. According to some interpretations of the Buddha's teachings, one of the 10 non-virtuous deeds that lead to suffering is "sexual misconduct." This term is generally understood to refer primarily to adultery. However, some Buddhists interpret the term to include homosexuality.


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes same-sex marriage on the ground that "marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman." In 2003, the conference stated that "what are called 'homosexual unions' [cannot be given the status of marriage] because they do not express full human complementarity and because they are inherently nonprocreative." And in 2006, the conference reaffirmed its previously stated support for a federal marriage amendment (a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman).

Listings of other religious groups:

Gay Marriage & Homosexuality

In recent years, the debate over same-sex marriage has grown into a nationwide controversy, reverberating in the halls of Congress, at the White House, in dozens of state legislatures and courtrooms, and in the rhetoric of election campaigns at both the national and state levels. As the debate rages on, the American religious community remains deeply divided over the issue, and over the morality of homosexuality generally.
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Campaigns Against “Gay Marriage” 
Have Been A Vehicle 
To Convey Certain People Into Political Office

Karl Rove… "had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans."
Ken Mehlman
August 25, 2010
The Atlantic
Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman:
I'm Gay – by Marc Ambinder - The Atlantic

Gay Marriage
Truth Will Set Us Free
Not Ignorance and Fear
by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – October 2, 2009

Hate Crime Bill vs Attacks But No Facts -> 
Fear And Ignorance Of The Blind Leading The Blind
 October 27, 2009 – MSK

Bianca Cody Murphy
Peace Psychology for the 21st Century

No one individual, no religion, no one has the right to hurt anyone, especially children
 Kids are being hurt !!! 
 Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – July 22, 2009

The Psychology of the Closeted Individual and Coming Out – 2007
by Jack Drescher, M.D.

The Significance of Brokeback Mountain
by Ralph Roughton
Self Psychology News – Fall 2007

Auschwitz - Christmas 2008
A flashback far more severe than
in Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

The Pope Is Not Gay
Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Dish
The Atlantic

Vatican Asking For Male Prostitutes –
“Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret.”
Though you drive Nature out with a pitchfork,
she will still find her way back.

Homophobia- American Psychoanalytic Foundation Public Forum
Ralph Roughton, M.D. 1999

Institutional homophobia (or heterosexism)
Edith Cowan University Western Australia

Edith Cowan University Western Australia

Structural Violence Section Introduction
Peace, conflict, and violence:
Peace psychology in the 21st century
Daniel Christie

Sexing political identities/ National as Heterosexism
V. Spike Peterson - University of Arizona
International Feminist Journal of Politics, 1:1 June 1999, 34–65

Structural Violence –
Dr. N.V.S.Suryanarayana – August 19, 2010
Psyspeak, Human Behavior on Social Media

Peace Psychology Book

Dan Christie
Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University

Structural Violence:
Luc Reychler
Introduction: Towards a Religion of World Politics?
The International Journal of Peace Studies

Heterosexism and homophobia
Different in More Ways Than One:
Providing Guidance for Teenagers on Their Way to Identity, Sexuality and Respect

Marc Pilisuk
Peace, conflict, and violence: Peace psychology in the 21st century – Daniel Christie

Human Sexuality -> Astonishing Complexities, Variations And Wonder
October 20, 2009 – MSK

To Be Catholic or Not To be Catholic
by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – September 30, 2009

Prop 8 judgment, August 4, 2010 - Gay marriage
“Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.”
Judge Vaughn Walker

On Prop 8, it's the evidence, stupid
By Lisa Bloom -
and related links:

Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional as lacking rational basis
Nan Hunter - Professor, Georgetown Law,
Washington, DC
hunter of justice

Gay Marriage Ruling A Matter of Simple Justice
by Geoffrey R. Stone
law professor at the University of Chicago
Chicago Tribune

Gay Marriage -> Restores
“Hope of Love”
To Children In Early Childhood

Sexual orientation is less about sex and more about love,
being one with another human being - Attachment Theory
Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage - Galileo Condemned As A Heretic -
Misinterpretations of The Bible
Natural Law?
Benedict XVI?
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.”
Erik Erikson

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