Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Statement from the President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Response to the Iowa Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex “Marriage” (April 6, 2009)

Last Friday, marriage was redefined by seven judges for the entire state of Iowa and for the majority of Iowans because six couples had sued the state and demanded marriage licenses in 2005.  The majority of Iowans wholeheartedly supported the 1998 Iowa Defense of Marriage Act, which sought to protect marriage between one man and one woman, yet the court's decision on Friday overturned the ban on same-sex marriage.
This case in Iowa could affect other states and how they handle challenges to same-sex marriage, which has been the subject of court cases nationwide.  Laws banning same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California already have been struck down by their respective state courts.
Marriage, as it was instituted by God between male and female, has existed since the beginning of time. Marriage between any beings other than one man and one woman changes the meaning of marriage designed by the Creator for the order of this world.
While members of the LCMS respect all people, we believe it is against the will of God and contrary to the moral fiber of our country to redefine marriage.  Furthermore, society needs heterosexual marriages between men and women to thrive and succeed, as such unions remain the cornerstone in God's design for the procreation and raising of children.
It is not acceptable to experiment with this generation of children by trying to muster up weak alternatives to biological mothers and fathers.  We call upon the citizens of this nation to bolster and strengthen the institution of traditional marriage, lest our society spiral uncontrollably into disorder and moral decay.
Though this occasion prompts the LCMS, once again, to declare that homosexual behavior is both intrinsically unnatural and sinful (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:24–27), we also recognize the need to respond to this behavior with the same love and concern we show for all other sins, calling for repentance and offering forgiveness in the Good News of Jesus Christ where there is repentance.

Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod


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