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What Are Religious Texts Really Saying About Gay and Transgender Rights?
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This article is part of the What Did Jesus Teach? Oremus was less concerned about the legal issues of the story than he was about the accuracy of the statement on the shirt. He writes,. Never in the Bible does Jesus himself offer an explicit prohibition of homosexuality. Oremus seems to suggest that since Jesus never explicitly mentioned homosexuality, he must not have been very concerned about it.
What does the Bible actually say about being gay?
In this year's battles over same-sex marriage there are referenda on the issue in Minnesota, Maine, Maryland, and Washington , opponents have tried to depict the issue as a choice between traditional religious values and some sinister homosexual agenda, between God and gay. In fact, a vote for same-sex marriage is a vote for traditional religious values, such as the importance of companionship Genesis or civil justice Deuteronomy , and the value that "love" isn't whatever we say it is but that movement of the heart that is patient, kind, and humble 1 Corinthians But, some people argue, what about the fact that the only sanctioned relationship in the Bible is between a man and a woman?
There are a number of passages in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament that have been interpreted as involving same-sex sexual acts and desires. These interpretations form the basis of Jewish and Christian attitudes towards homosexuality. Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus form part of the Holiness code and list prohibited forms of intercourse , including the following verses:. These two verses have historically been interpreted by Jews and Christians as clear overall prohibitions against homosexual acts in general.