In 1965, Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, started a legal battle against the anti-miscegenation laws of Virginia that declared their marriage illegal. Their first hearing was with Judge Leon Bazile. This was Bazile’s written stance on the matter;
“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay, and red, and placed them on separate continents, and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend the races to mix.”
When the Loving vs. Virginia case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, they ruled that;
“Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not to marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”
Religion is an amazingly pliant thing. It has been bent and molded and shaped to fit a million different viewpoints for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It can be a sword or a shield, a ladder or an anchor, a shelter or a prison. It can be enlightenment or justification. It can be, it has been, whatever a person or group of people need it to be. It has become, with its swirl of black and white mixing together, a sort of Rorschach test. Look at the Bible and what you see there reveals who you are, in a way.
Back in 1965, religion was used in this instance as a defense against interracial marriage. Replace “race” with “homosexual” in both of these quotes and you have the argument currently being set before us. There is no difference. And maybe I am presuming too much in thinking that most people are disgusted by the idea of anti-miscegenation laws. But for those people who do find them repugnant, for those people who read Judge Bazile and snort in disgust, for those people who nod their heads in agreement with the Supreme Court’s ruling, please know that this is the same fight taking place in front of you right now. And just like that fight, there are people who identify as Christian on both sides of this one, people who look at the Bible and see very different things. It is up to you to decide what it reveals about you.