Why the Church Should Still Publicly Oppose Gay Marriage

Not opposing same sex marriage may not solve Christianity's image problem.

In a previous post, we presented reasons churches should NOT oppose gay marriage. Now we present Matthew Lee Anderson's case for churches to oppose same-sex marriage legislation.

Few aspects of our public witness on ethical and political questions are as contentious and difficult as the questions of gay marriage and gay rights. The watershed announcement by President Obama that he too now supports full marriage equality for gays and lesbians (though he incoherently wants to leave that "right" to the states) has ignited introspection among many conservatives over whether it would be better to no longer defend traditional marriage in the public square. The danger is that articulating this particular social good has the byproduct of creating resentment and hostility from those who disagree, thereby corrupting Christianity's attractiveness by unnecessarily aligning it with a political stance.

It's worth noting, I think, that the legal developments around marriage have the appearance of being ...

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