Ancient Roman emperors sometimes declared themselves to be 'divine' and accordingly, would enact laws that would force the citizens of the Roman Empire to 'worship' them as such. Today, the homosexuals consider a 'union' between two people of the same gender a 'marriage' and at the same time are trying to get a law passed that would require the people to recognize the legitimacy of this 'marriage' as equivalent to a traditional marriage between a man and woman, and any defiance of that law would be met with the threat of prosecution from the state.
I don't imagine that most of the Roman citizens believed in the divinity of the Emperor, yet it's amazing what the threat of prosecution and/or death did if one did not comply with a law that demands worship of someone they 'know' is no different in nature than they are. The Romans were being forced to accept a belief of something they knew didn't or couldn't exist, a concept of reality that resided only in the mind of one person, the Emperor. Man was of one nature they knew, and to just proclaim 'divinity' didn't change that fact.
The majority of people do not believe that 'gay marriage' is equivelent to the traditional sense of marriage. The only states that have passed such laws, have them because of legislative action. Thirty states brought this issue before the people to vote on, and in everyone of those states, 'gay marriage' was either defeated or the law overturned. That is reality. The only way these laws can be forced on people is by keeping the people from voting on the issue.
[b][i]Oxymoron; A figure of speech in which two words with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect; A contradiction in terms.[/i][/b]
Gay marriage is such a figure of speech. A contradiction of the highest degree. A marriage is a union between a man and a woman. It has been from the very beginning. Every major, ancient civilization recognized this, civilizations that didn't know the existence of the other, either because of distance in location or for the distance of ages between them. Yet, without having contact with each other, these civilizations all agreed with one thing. Marriage only occurred between a man and a woman. How could this knowledge of marriage have been possible and so prevalent over thousands of years? From the very beginning of human history? It couldn't be possible unless this was knowledge that was 'built' into human nature by some 'outside' influence. No? Think about this. These same civilizations, unknown to each other, also extolled certain virtues that could not have been taught to each other, yet they existed. Honesty, Loyalty, Courage, Goodness etc...They all had the same set of rules that dictated what they considered acceptable. Not one of these civilizations praised dishonesty or liars, treachery instead of loyalty, cowardice over courageousness, evil for the sake of evil over goodness etc...So where did these virtues come from? Think about that.
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Let's examine this. Two genders. Male and female. Not three, or four or more. Two. Its stands to reason that anyone born with two sets of reproductive organs, or a mental state that makes the same gender attractive to another is not what nature intended. It cannot be. The old expression that when a child is born of parents and they are asked if the baby is healthy and normal, many jokingly say, "Yes!! Ten fingers and toes!" In other words, the baby was born in a condition that was not contrary to nature. Nature may produce limbless babies, diseased babies, blind babies etc...but this is not the intention of nature. These are aberrations of that intention, they are exceptions, not what is considered normal and what nature intended. These exceptions do not make them less valuable in the eyes of God however. They are still human beings with the need and right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Homosexuality is not what nature intended either and helping them perpetuate this idea that it is normal and that they also can be included in a valid 'marriage is not treating them with respect or dignity. It is enabling them to live a lie in an idea that cannot exist in reality. It does nothing to alleviate their burdens by pretending they can live this lie without consequences. All human beings have something within them, either physically, mentally or spiritually that is difficult to live with, yet we are asked to live this life in the best way possible through the grace of God. St. Paul had his own thorn.
Let's consider this. If God created two men, or just two women, then the human race would have come to a screeching halt after their deaths. They could not have been fruitful and multiplied. If the whole world, at this instant, was homosexual, once the last two people died, so would the human race. A union(marriage) was created for the purpose of bringing life into the world, where the mother and father committed to each other would provide a stable environment for that new life, an environment that would become the very foundation of civilizations, those civilizations mentioned above.That was the intention of nature. This would not have been possible had homosexuality been the rule and not the exception. This is the nature of marriage. A union of a man and woman for the purpose of creating life.
As soon as another element is introduced to this nature, it is no longer is what it was intended to be. Indeed, it is no longer a marriage, anymore than adding another element to hydrogen and oxygen that makes up water would result in 'water'. Or the taking away the oxygen molecule and using a nitrogen molecule to make water. It is not possible. One needs H20 to make a liquid we call water. In the same way it takes a man and woman to make a marriage. There are no other possibilities. But that doesn't seem to stop the homosexual community from trying to redefine what they consider marriage, much in the same way that the Emperors tried to declare themselves 'divine' and force people to worship them.
This pseudo-marriage that is being pushed is a sham. It is a lie that is being perpetrated to force people to accept homosexuality as normal when it is not. The majority of people in this world know this and are opposed to this redefining of what marriage is, for they are not stupid. They know what it is and what it is not. In their hearts...they know. As a matter of fact, I believe the homosexual heart knows this too. They know what they want cannot exist for them, that it cannot just be 'made' into law worth no more than the paper the law is written on.
Today's society is trying to legislate exactly what the Emperors did; By law, to bring into existence something that cannot exist in reality but only in the mind of its adherents. No matter what the law says, it cannot change what cannot be changed in nature and still remain true to its God created nature.
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