Homosexuality and The Church
According to the book, Morality an Invitation to Christian Living, homosexuality is a sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. This books states that homosexual couples should not marry because it would undermine the nature of marriage. However, it also states that homosexual people and heterosexual people living within the same Christian community should treat each other in a neighborly fashion. These statements clearly contradict each other because putting restrictions on marriage is not being very neighborly. Through thorough research on the Internet, it can be said that many Christian faiths believe that homosexual behavior is a sin. These Christians faiths say that Christianity has always taught this, based on passages such as, Leviticus 18:22 ("You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination."), Leviticus 20:13 ("If a man lies with a male as with a woman they shall surely be put to death").
The Catholic Church considers homosexual behavior to be disordered and sinful, but has clearly stated that homosexual desire is not. As stated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "Homosexual acts are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not process from a genuine affective and sexual complementarily. Under no circumstances can they be approved."
As homosexual people came out more, large numbers of homosexuals including some notable people have openly voiced their identity as homosexuals and demanded their right to equal and respectful treatment. In my opinion, it is immoral for the church to exclude and deny homosexuals the right to marry in the Church. It is evident that there are people in America who can not marry the person they love because of their sexual orientation. Two major researchers that are...