The topic of “gay marriage” versus so-called “traditional” marriage is one of hot debate in California right now, and in this Presidential election season.
President Obama recently brought it to the top of the news again, and his opponents are once again talking about “traditional marriage.” However, one fact that keeps being ignored in the discussion is that “traditional marriage” means different things from different cultural perspectives, and sometimes includes homosexual marriage.
Those who follow a path which is one with nature, such as many Wiccan, neo-pagan, and Native American paths, see that in nature homosexuality is not uncommon. In fact, homosexual monogamous life-partners have been observed in many species on Earth. If one understands that humans are animals, part of nature, then one sees that homosexuality is natural for human beings as well.
Many Native American cultures have traditionally acknowledged homosexuality as a natural variation among human beings. Among those, a common belief was that homosexuals had both a strong male and a strong female spirit which was both equally them. Many two-spirit people were married to people of their same genetic sex, including women married to women and men married to men.
Two-spirit people performed the traditional roles of both men and women, and wore clothing of either or both genders. While it was common for two-spirit people to be homosexual, there were those who chose not to be sexual at all, and even some few who married the opposite sex and produced children.
Even many Christians today are starting to accept homosexual marriage, and many other religions and traditions have long accepted or now accept homosexual marriage as being an important, loving family bond. The “traditional marriage” argument is an absolute failure, and it is time society as a whole recognizes the depth of love which can exist between two men or two women. It is time to accept homosexual marriage as an important part of the happiness and health of society, as many religions historically and modernly have and do.
Many local ministers, including the author of this article, will perform spiritual same-sex marriages. It is the prayer of these ministers that one day same-sex marriage will be recognized legally in California and everywhere.
There is more than one definition of “traditional” marriage. Marriage in the U.S. has evolved many times, women are recognized as equals when they were once considered property or like children, and it will evolve again.