Three insights for understanding same-sex attraction and sanctification. Many are now asking questions about the difference between civil and religious marriage, the place of religious dissent on same-sex marriage, and pastoral care. Neither same-sex relationships nor celibate community are objectively "equal" to heterosexual marriage. Share This Article with a Friend To share this article with your friends, use any of the social share buttons on our site, or simply copy the link below. So, in the familiar text of the Barmen Declaration:. Due to the ambivalent language about homosexuality in Buddhist teachings, there has been no official stance put forth regarding the issue of marriage between members of the same gender. Sex is indeed about babies.
Today, we understand it to be a voluntary spiritual relationship based on love, respect, mutuality and commitment.
The partner in a same-sex relationship is truly "other"—not through the complementarity of a man and woman, of course, but in the mutuality of two persons who in freedom choose each other and delight in being chosen. Keep within you the Water which comes from Him; without it, you harden and lose the imprint of His fingers. Sexual intimacy is not a right.
On the other hand, the Protestant revolt against priestly and monastic celibacy was not groundless.