Addressing the issue of same-sex marriage


Editor, The Commercial:

I trust you will find some value in this article in relation to the continuous issue of same-sex marriage. I am trying to be open-minded about this matter as I continue to search for the facts both religiously and scientifically.

This is in response to the recent article by Karl Hansen of Hensley challenging the ministers, who recently expressed their opposition to same-sex marriage, to back up their claim with scripture. Leviticus 18:22 reads (KJV): “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” This same scripture reads from The Living Bible: “Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden, for it is an enormous sin.” Other scriptures are Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:26,27. Leviticus 20:13 reads from The Living Bible: “The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have brought it upon themselves.” The Bible states that these laws were given to Moses by the Lord (Lev. 18:1 and 20:1).

However, I have not found any scriptures about inter-sexuality. Inter-sexuality is a term used for plants, lower animals, and humans that have ambiguous body parts representative of both male and female. The sources of my information are from books, an NBC Dateline video (dated 6/17/97) and a tape I made from an Oprah Winfrey show. The NBC video reports that an inter-sexual society of more than a hundred persons who were born this way was formed in Boston to protest their being operated on and assigned a gender (usually female) before they could make such decisions for themselves.

Paschal R. Banks

Pine Bluff