The Road to Sodom
“The inhabitants of the world,” wrote the servant of the Lord, “are fast becoming as the inhabitants of the world in Noah’s day, who were swept away by the Flood, and as the inhabitants of Sodom, who were consumed by fire from heaven.”(9T p.43)
In the time of Abraham, fairest among the cities of the Jordan Valley was Sodom—nearly as infamous was the city of Gomorrah. These twin cities were notorious for their idleness, corruption, and violence. But perhaps they were best known for their debauchery-particularly, homosexuality. So much so, that we still use the word sodomy to describe sexual acts between persons of the same sex.
Massachusetts lawmakers were awash in turmoil, when on November 19,2003, the State’s Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages and gave the legislators 180 days to conform. This made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriages in the U.S. and has caused a stir in political, social, and religious circles. “Proponents of the decision were busy trying to calm fears, saying that people would come to realize gay marriage was not a threat to anyone and that they had no intention flooding with litigation those states that do not accept it.” (The New York Times, Nov.20,2003). The statement may have been prophetic!
As of Nov.2003, 37 states have enacted what is called, “Defense of Marriage Acts” (DOMAs) that ban same-sex marriages. This may sound good, but the remaining states vary. Oregon, Wyoming, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Ohio, Maryland, New York, New Jersy, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, do not have a ban on same-sex marriages. With more lobbying these states have the potential of following the footsteps of Massachusetts. Or they could go the way of Alaska, California, and the district of Columbia who have official registries for same-sex couples or domestic partnerships. Or, they may follow Vermont who legalized what is referred to as same-sex civil unions. A civil union is not a marriage (legally), but, it is interesting to note that civil unions are hardly much different than marriages. They have practically the same rights and privileges as legally married couples.
What this means is that almost 15% of the U.S. allow some form of same-sex partnership. The remainder are being challenged to follow suit. California, in Sept. of 2003, signed a bill into law to set up a system of domestic partnership very similar to civil unions in 2005, and a number of other states are poised to do the same. Canada already has such laws.
A brief note about the world across the Atlantic: The Netherlands and Belgium already have same-sex marriages, while Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Norway, and Iceland have laws similar to civil unions.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court and legislators may not know it yet, but this action may have firmly set America, and in some respects the world, on the road toward Sodom. Both history, human nature, and prophecy, reveal that the other states are certain to follow, and sooner or later same-sex unions and marriages will become more acceptable and legalized. But then, for Massachusetts and others, having same-sex marriages is a sign of enlightenment and progress, and we are just alarmist-religious nuts and fanatics! Maybe they should tell that to Sodom and Gomorrah!