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Gay marriage has become a big issue, with the battle heating up since since the 90's (or even earlier with the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NY), when gay activists became more aggressive in asserting their rights. Religious conservatives have taken up the battle.
The main Conservative Christian objections are:
What the Bible says:
Genesis 2:24 says "Therefore shall a man leave his mother and father, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh."
When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."
In Matthew 19:8-9 Jesus allows divorce for infidelity,
Paul says: "To the married I give this command (not I but the Lord): a wife must not separate from her husband." 1 Corinthians 7:10
God repeatedly tells people to be fruitful and multiply. (e.g. Adam and Eve [Genesis 1:27-28]).
Genesis 19:4-5, it describes people in Sodom coming to Lot's house, where two angles were staying, and demanding he bring the angles out so "the people" could "know" them. In the King James version (KJV) of the Bible "all the people" is transliterated from the Hebrew "anshei ha'ir, anshei S'dom" and in the New International Version (NIV) it is transliterated to "men". Ya,da' in Hebrew usually means know a fact, but is some places it refers to a man knowing a woman refering to sex; Again the KJV translates it to "know" and NIV translates it to "have sex".
Tradition of marriage:
In a December, 15 Newsweek Article "Our Mutual Joy", Lisa Miller argues:
Psalm 139 which praises the beauty and imperfection in all of us and that glorifies Gods knowledge of our most secret selves, is another example of inclusion over exclusion in God's eye.
Jesus didn't have anything to say about homosexuality in particular. Some people say that his reference to sexual immorality (the King James translation uses fornication here) in Mark 7:20 refers to homosexuality..