In the Christian story, the message of acceptance for all is codified. Jesus reaches out to everyone, especially those on the margins, and brings the whole Christian community into his embrace. The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, cites the story of Jesus revealing himself to the woman at the well— no matter that she had five former husbands and a current boyfriend—as evidence of Christ's all-encompassing love. The great Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann, emeritus professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, quotes the apostle Paul when he looks for biblical support of gay marriage: "There is neither Greek nor Jew, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ." The religious argument for gay marriage, he adds, "is not generally made with reference to particular texts, but with the general conviction that the Bible is bent toward inclusiveness."
Canon law today is the product of 2000 years of some of he finest Catholic minds on determining what marriage is. The crux of the article stands on the ground that Man has a natural right to marriage. That must be respected insofar as non baptized regardless of their beliefs. Persons who are baptized non Catholics [Protestants]assume the character of sacramental marriage because of their being baptized in Christ, who defined the meaning of marriage. Christ confirmed what it was as ordained by God from the beginning prior to baptism, “The two become one flesh”.
It is a known sociological and anthropological fact that societies are fluid and dynamic. Cultural shifts are inevitable—social norms evolve and conform accordingly. Our founding fathers recognized this and planned appropriately by constructing the framework of our government to aptly deal with changes in societal norms and ideologies. History tells us change is like eating your vegetables—met first by resistance and then swallowed with time. I believe that this is why the issue of same-sex marriage is not only significant in terms of tolerance and civil liberties, but also for future sociocultural questions that deal with the changing mentality regarding relationships and love. Traditional values do not need to be compromised, only progressively reinforced and altered if necessary. For that reason alone, gay Americans should have the constitutional ability to marry.