There are many arguments against homosexuality based on religious grounds and on its effects on society which include such matters as the negative health effects of homosexuality and that homosexual couples experience significant higher rates of domestic violence.
In 2003, the Pew Research Center stated that in the United States, religious beliefs underpin opposition to homosexuality according to a study they conducted. Judeo-Christian objections nearly always refer to what the Bible states about homosexuality, which, it is argued, condemns homosexual acts in both Old and New Testaments. For example, Leviticus 18:22 says
"A man shall not lie with man as with a woman, it is abomination."
Romans 1:26-28: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;"
Some liberals argue that historically, condemnation of those sexual acts was simply based on them being unnatural to procreation, and thus contrary to (a definition of) unnatural, inferring that such condemnation is invalid due to ignorance of sexuality.
However, as seen in dealing with Homosexuality and biblical interpretation, the union of man and women in marriage is based upon them being created as uniquely compatible and complementary, and the sanction of sexual union (via marriage) as only between opposite genders extends beyond procreation, with romantic sexual attraction between married couples being honored outside the context of children in such books as the Song of Solomon, and with marital sexual relations being enjoined in 1 Cor. 7:5 on the basis of heterosexual desire.
Motive can be a moral factor in who to marry among lawful partners, and within marriage, but is never a determinative factor in the Scriptural prohibitions of illicit partners, from fornication between heterosexuals to adultery to homosexual unions to bestiality, while grace is offered for salvation to all who will come to faith in Christ with a repentant heart.
- "Homosexuality & Hope Catholic Medical Association
- "People Can Change"
- "Exodus International"
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