First Question: Is it right before God? Answer: No. From beginning to end in Scripture, we see that homosexuality is called a sin. Marriage itself was to be a relationship between man and woman intended by God to be a monogamous relationship, intended to be a permanent bond in which many needs are satisfied. Any deviation of this was considered a sin. Is God being harsh? No, not all. He wants what is best for the individual and for society. Yes, as you read the Bible you will read of all types of sin occurring, but that does not mean God desired it. He allowed it to happen out of human's free will. (If you would like the Scripture passages that show homosexuality as a sin, let me know. I was trying to keep the blog brief.)
Let me make a three other statements about homosexuality and sin. 1) Homosexuality is not an unforgivable sin. A homosexual can repent of their sin and be forgiven. 2) Also, a person in bondage to homosexuality is like a person in bondage to any other sin. Whether the person is a gossip, a glutton, an adulterer, or a homosexual, Jesus Christ has the ability to set them free from their bondage. 3) As with any person who is in bondage to any sin, we hate the practice of the sin, but we still show the love and the grace and truth of Jesus Christ to the person. We as followers of Jesus must treat all people with honor and respect.
Second Question: What are rights? Thus, what are the rights of a homosexual?
Wikipedia defines rights as the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed or people or owed to people. But who establishes these normative rules? This is where the messiness begins, because what is right may conflict with rights.
In the past our nation was founded on the Judeo-Christian ethics. Thus, homosexuality was considered a sin. Thus, they had no special rights. But as our nation has left that foundation of ethics, and as our nation has begun to define freedom as the ability to do as we desire, the normative rules have begun to change. And we, here in Maryland, are partially through this election in November voting on what the rules should be. Thus, both sides are trying to get enough people together to vote on what the norms should be.
But this also creates other questions and tensions. For example, is there an objective standard that we should go by? In the past, this was obvious, but it is no longer so. Or, where do we draw the lines with rights? Why do many states mandate motorcyclists wearing helmets? Aren't we taking away their freedom to do as they desire? Yet, we say for the greater good of society and for their own protection they need to wear a helmet. Why bring this up? Is homosexual marriage for the greater good of society or not? Is homosexual marriage good for a person's health?
In summary, this issue of rights and homosexual marriage is much more blurry because it depends on what are the normative rules and who sets them. Thus, what is right and wrong in God's eyes might differ from what the society considers normative. How then, does one deal with that tension if one is seeking God?
Third Question, and similar to the first: Is there homosexual marriage in the kingdom of God (where God rules)? The answer is no. That should be obvious from question number 1; it is not right before God. My point is this, the church of Jesus Christ is to submit to God's rule- his kingdom. We pray to God in the "Lord's Prayer," "your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven." Thus, no matter what the state says or the nation says or the normative values of the culture say, the church of Jesus Christ is not to participate in it, endorse it, or recognize it as a positive way of truth or life.
So much more could be said and be written about other aspects of this issue, but for the sake of brevity I conclude my thoughts.