Should marriage be gender-integrated or not? That’s the question many churches are wrestling with in America today as they discuss same-gender marriage.
In February, a poll among Presbyterian members showed that 51 percent are opposed to same-sex marriage, with 34 percent in favor of changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples and the rest saying they are undecided. Presbyterian pastors were just as divided on the issue – 49 percent supported same-sex marriage while 41 percent supported traditional marriage.
The Episcopal Church, which has also seen dozens of congregations leaving over the years for its increasingly liberal theology, has already been blessing gay and lesbian couples for decades, but those wishing to change the legal definition of marriage want to make the commitment vow free of gender and official liturgy.
It comes down to a choice between creating a new minority of marriages with segregated genders, or continuing with traditional gender-integrated marriage. Which is better for society and children? Which is more in line with creation and natural law?