Same-Sex Marriage, Hypocrisy and the Bible

Writing at his blog, Earl Ofari Hutchinson excoriates critics of same-sex marriage who hide behind the Bible, saying that scholars have written volumes debunking the passages because they're misinterpreted or taken out of context.

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Protesters for and against same-sex marriage at Supreme Court in March 2013 (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Writing at his blog, Earl Ofari Hutchinson lambastes critics of same-sex marriage who use the Bible to bolster their case, saying that scholars have written volumes debunking the passages because of errors and misinterpretations.

The long standing reason for shoving the courts, the federal government and the states into the private relations between two adult consenting men or women is the Bible. There are those two infamous and interminably cited passages in Leviticus 18:22 20:13 and Romans 1:26-27 that deem it "detestable" a man lying down with another man. Then they castigate men for doing "shameful things" with other men.

The ultimate punishment is that the two offenders must be put to death. The only fair thing about this is that in the modern interpretation the part about putting the two men to death for their alleged detestable act is not cited. This would be murder, and that bumps up against the law. But the first part is read and acted upon literally. It's after all written in the Bible.

But then why take one passage out of the Bible so literally and not others? Consistency in Biblical citing would do much to shut the critics up who finger point those as hypocrites for cherry picking a passage from the Bible to prop up a personal hatred or a political agenda on gay marriage.

Here is a checklist of Biblical prescriptions that gay marriage opponents must embrace if they want to shed the tag of hypocrite. Gay men aren't the only ones that must pay the ultimate price for their Biblical prescribed un-godly transgression. Leviticus 20:10 also is stern that a married man that commits adultery with any man's wife must be immediately dispatched. Girls don't escape Biblical wrath either. If she has the temerity to have sex before marriage Deuteronomy 22:20-1 demands that she must be stoned to death, by no less than the men of her town, even presumably that could include one of the men that caused her to lose her virginity.

Read Earl Ofari Hutchinson's entire piece at the Hutchinson Report News.

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