Here’s some striking news: Ted Haggard, the Holy Man whose ministry collapsed in the middle of allegations of gay sex and drug use, has endorsed same-sex marriage.
“We’ve reached a point where human dignity and mutual respect is so important,” Haggard said. “If someone is dealing with same-sex attraction or homosexuality, and they want someone to be their life partner of the same gender, though we would oppose that in our churches, it should be allowed by the state.”
Michael Hamar comments:
I cannot wait to see Maggie Gallagher’s and Tony Perkins’ heads explode over this heresy.
Intentionally or not — and I’m inclined to regard Haggard as a cynic who is merely trying to catch a wave — he points here to the difference in worldview that validates the evangelical complaint that same-sex marriage ‘redefines’ marriage.
On their terms, marriage is a cosmic license for sexual intercourse in order to procreate and grow the cult — and that’s all. And since a same-sex relationship is inherently barren, it cannot be marriage. But the wicked, sinful ‘world’ thinks marriage is more than that — partnership, mutual loyalty, shared goals, building a satisfying life together; on that reckoning, supporting same-sex marriage is an enlargement of its compass, not a redefinition but an opening of its satisfactions and benefits to more people.
Evangelicals, y’all should know, have the highest divorce rate in the country. By my lights — no wonder.