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November 09, 2015

Weekly Salvo

Standing for Traditional Marriage

This week the national media picked up a story which originally ran in a small Pennsylvania newspaper. The headlines were eye-catching, including this one from The Huffington Post: "Gay Couple Can't Get Married Because They're Legally Father and Son."   

The Washington Post covered the story, too, with a noticeably sympathetic tone. "For 45 years, Nino Esposito and Drew Bosee have been married in almost every sense of the word. . . . There isn't a day that one will leave the house without the other, not for doctor's [sic] appointments or groceries or anything else. Together with their giant schnauzer Yuri, in a townhouse in a quiet Pittsburgh suburb, the two men have long had every assurance that they're family. Every assurance, that is, but a legal one." 

Before Pennsylvania legalized same-sex marriage in 2014, Esposito legally adopted Bosee as his son after the couple decided to draw up wills. "It amounted to more than just a matter of reaping the financial, medical and legal benefits of being family under the law. It was a way, after all, of establishing that their union was as real as anyone else's," the newspaper tells us. 

Now the couple wants to dissolve that relationship so they can marry. But a judge, with a "reputation for being progressive on LGBT issues," has told them he doesn't have the authority to do so."'Our clients were deprived of their rights twice,' their lawyer Andrew Gross told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 'They did the only thing they could do to become a family, and now they are getting hit a second time.'" Their case is expected to be heard before the Pennsylvania Superior Court next month.

The issue of gay marriage is a fraught one for Christians. It can be difficult to stand for traditional marriage for fear of seeming unsympathetic and unloving.

You can read The Washington Post's piece here.

Shortly after the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Salvo interviewed Ryan Anderson, author of The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty, about the implications of legalizing same-sex marriage. 

We asked him why Christians should care whether their neighbors are a gay married couple, and what possible difference it could make in their own lives. Here's his answer:

My position on this has been that we should have a live-and-let-live social policy, in the sense that if two men or two women want to live with each other and love each other and join a house of worship that will celebrate a wedding for them, it's not my business and they have a right in America to do that. What is a concern is whether or not the government will be redefining what marriage is, and teaching future generations that men and women are interchangeable, and therefore that mothers and fathers are replaceable.

Read the entire interview. Marital Defense: An Interview with Ryan T. Anderson

More on this topic from the pages of Salvo:

Apples, Oranges & Gay Marriage: Or the Name Game & Hidden Assumptions by Robin Phillips

To Make a Family: An Interview with Jennifer Roback Morse by Marcia Segelstein

. . . You've become a go-to person on the topic of same-sex marriage. People often argue that we should just let same-sex couples do what they want, since they're not hurting anyone. What do you say to them?

We actually are allowing them to do whatever they want. What we're not allowing them to do is redefine the institution of marriage to be a genderless institution. We're not allowing them to take over the primary institution of society, which defines parenthood and defines the relationships between the generations. . . .

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