Things are hotting up in the US over the issue of same-sex marriage that make our situation in the UK appear somewhat straightforward.
On Tuesday voters in North Carolina approved a state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions. Billy Graham had called on voters to support the measure, whilst Bill Clinton had urged North Carolinians to reject it. The vote was passed 61% to 39%. They are not the first state to do this. 28 other states currently have constitutional bans on same-sex marriages , whereas Maryland, New Jersey and Washington state have passed laws this year approving same-sex marriage.
Prior to the vote in North Carolina senior officials of President Barack Obama’s administration had made comments that implied the president’s support of gay marriage. As you will probably know by now last night Barack Obama gave an interview where he did indeed give his full support to gay marriage.
He has obviously decided that he has no chance of winning over most Republican Christian voters who will be strongly opposed to this, but it remains to be seen how this will affect the presidential race. The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has stated that he opposes same-sex marriage.
This is clearly a calculated move by Obama as this issue is even more contentious in the US than it is here. Inevitably his statement is going to have an impact in our country as the support for same-sex marriage grows internationally.
We live in remarkable times, which makes it all the more important that we seek God’s wisdom on these matters and act accordingly.
Here is the interview in full. It starts one minute into the clip.